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Supporting recovery

The long-term recovery and wellbeing of victim survivors is driven by:

  • employment
  • financial security
  • legal assistance
  • educational opportunities.

Without secure employment and financial independence, victim survivors can experience poverty and difficulty finding long-term housing. This is particularly true for some groups dependent on their perpetrator for physical care, social inclusion, language requirements or visa stability.   

Supporting victim survivors to continue paid employment or find work at their own pace is critical to recovery.

To assist the recovery of victim survivors, we will:

  • use the Jobs Victoria Employment Network to support vulnerable Victorians into the workforce and provide targeted support services for people looking for work and for employers looking for workers
  • increase the use and availability of individual funding packages to improve access to education and employment assistance for victim survivors.

We will also support women to remain in employment by providing an entitlement to paid family violence leave for employees and unpaid family violence leave for casual employees.

This will include working with the Commonwealth Government and recommending they amend the National Employment Standards in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwlth).

Family Violence Flexible Support Packages

$17 million

for a 480% increase to Flexible Support Packages

We are expanding Family Violence Flexible Support Packages to provide victim survivors with long-term rental and mortgage subsidies. They also help with the costs of maintaining:

  • counselling
  • wellbeing
  • education
  • employment
  • financial counselling.