A new financial support program for women experiencing family violence will help victim survivors to leave abusive situations and rebuild their lives. Source: Good Shepherd.
The Family and Domestic Violence No Interest Loans program offers women information about government supports, hardship provisions from utility companies and others, referrals to a range of other support services as well as access to $2000 loans without interest or fees.
Good Shepherd chief executive Stella Avramopoulos said the program would help women rebuild their lives, with the loans available to be used for rent and bond, furniture and whitegoods, removal and transport costs, car repairs, legal costs and other household expenses.
“Women need access to reliable information and support and a small loan can be life changing. Women tell us that finances are very often the key reason they cannot leave abusive, violent households,” Ms Avramopoulos said.
“Women can’t leave because they can’t afford that first month’s rent or the bond, they can’t afford removal or transport costs or they can’t afford to set up a new house. Think about a mother with children facing all the costs of setting up a new home to escape violence,” she said.
“Our workers are specially trained to work through the complex challenges women are facing in this situation, for example many women who have suffered financial abuse do not have access to bank statements, bills and other records. We can sensitively address these issues and be flexible about the level of documentation required.”
Financial support to help women rebuild after family violence (Good Shepherd)