What is the EVP Program?
In essence, the program offers a one-off payment to women and children leaving a violent relationship equating to $5,000, being up to $1,500 in cash and the remainder available by way of vouchers for goods, services or direct payments towards school fees, rental bonds or other items deemed essential in establishing a “safe home”.
The payment is not considered taxable or reportable income and does not affect any other social security payments from Centrelink.
Am I eligible?
The eligibility criteria includes:
- Financial stress; and
- Evidence of domestic violence (which includes but is not limited to a referral from a family and DV service provider with a risk assessment/safety plan, ADVO or police report.
Who do I contact?
If you are in NSW or the ACT, reach out to Wesley Mission for more information.
Has the EVP Program been effective?
We note Domestic Violence NSW has published a recent report on 31 May 2022 highlighting concerns with how financial support for victims of family violence has been delivered by the EVP Program. Their recommendations for reform include the introduction of specialist services to run the program and to provide cash to victims rather than vouchers. The full report can be accessed here.
If you are experiencing family violence and need support or advice, call 1800 RESPECT or the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 in an emergency for Police.
If you would like family law advice to understand your rights and entitlements following separation, when it is safe to do so, feel free to contact Family Focus Legal on (02) 4655 4224 to arrange a strictly confidential and discreet appointment.