Financial Support for Victims

Keeping Women Safe in Their Homes Program

The Keeping Women Safe in their Homes (KWSITH) program provides funding for home security upgrades for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. KWSITH aims to allow women to stay in their own homes, or a home of their choice, where it is safe to do so, deter perpetrators from re-offending, and facilitate the collection of admissible evidence to improve justice responses.

Security upgrades can include, but are not limited to

  • Security screen doors
  • Solid core doors
  • Door viewers
  • Locks
  • Sensor lights
  • Dashboard cameras
  • Security cameras with capacity to collect admissible evidence
  • Mobile phones

There is also limited funding available through the program to provide disability upgrades alongside other supports such as case management, risk assessment and security upgrades.

Disability upgrades may include, but are not limited to

  • Installation of ramps
  • Widening of doorways
  • Bathroom modifications
  • Bedroom modifications

Disability modifications may related to the needs of the woman, or any child(ren) in her care.

The Program is delivered through Safe at Home: the Tasmanian Government’s Integrated Criminal Justice Response to Family Violence.

The Salvation Army's Safer in the Home Program

The National Safer in the Home Program (external link) is a family and domestic violence, brokerage support program, delivered by The Salvation Army, to help women and children stay safe in their family homes (if safe to do so).

The program supports victim-survivors of family violence with basic home security upgrades and technology interventions and aims to minimise the social and economic consequences victim-survivors face when leaving a violent relationship.

Safer in the Home is available to women with or without accompanying children throughout Australia where the current level of risk is 'low'.

Professional referrals are preferred and must be accompanied by a completed family violence Risk assessment. Non-specialist services are also able to refer to the program and will be supported to complete a family violence risk assessment if required.

To find out more visit the Safer in the Home website (external link). For a secondary consult call 1300 694 167 (Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm) ask to speak with a National Safer in The Home practitioner.

Escaping Violence Payment

Paying the costs of moving to safety

The Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents aged 18+ who have a changed living situation due to recently experienced intimate partner violence and are experiencing financial stress.

If you are struggling with finances to live your life in safety, you could be eligible for the Escaping Violence Payment, an individually tailored package that can comprise:

  • $1,500 of cash equivalent such as vouchers for essential items
  • Goods and service such as removalists, bond payments, or basics for a new home
  • Wrap-around support including casework from the EVP provider

If you already have a caseworker, speak to them about accessing the EVP.

To find out more and to see if you are eligible visit the EVP website (external link).

Flexible Support Packages

Flexible Support Packages can be provided to victim-survivors and their children who are at risk of experiencing family violence, are currently experiencing financial hardship and whose safety and security needs can reasonably be met through a Flexible Support Package.

Packages can be applied for to support victims and their children to cover the following types of expenses

  • Relocation costs or bond
  • Bills including utilities
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Medical supplies
  • Medication not covered by Medicare or the PBS
  • Medical appointment gaps not covered by Medicare, including dental
  • White goods
  • Mobile phone and credit
  • Educational equipment
  • Furniture

This is not an exhaustive list, and applications should be tailored to the needs of the victim-survivor and their children.

The Program is delivered through Safe at Home: the Tasmanian Government’s Integrated Criminal Justice Response to Family Violence.