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With Respect is not a crisis response service. For crisis responses phone:
  • 000 Victoria Police for immediate safety
  • 1800 RESPECT family violence and sexual assault 24-hour telephone support
  • 1800 015 188 Safe Steps Victoria available 24 hours for crisis support for women
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Financial support

Flexible support packages

Financial support is available through flexible support packages. Flexible Family Violence Support Packages are designed to enable a rapid response through the provision of personalised packages to people who:

  • are experiencing, or who have experienced, family violence; and,
  • who have a case management plan through a family violence service.

Family Support Packages can assist clients to access support, move out of crisis, stabilise and improve their safety, well-being and independence. For example, funds can be put towards relocation costs, security, set up costs, school uniforms amongst other items.

w|respect can refer clients to agencies who administer Flexible Support Packages and also support clients to apply for them.

Compensation for victims of crime

People who have experienced family violence that amounts to a criminal offense have rights under the Victims’ Charter Act 2006 (Vic), and may also be eligible for compensation from the State through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

The Victims’ Charter Act sets out requirements about how government agencies (e.g. the police, hospitals, health services) and a range of service providers should treat someone who has been a victim of crime. To apply for financial assistance from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal a person must be a victim of a violent crime that caused injury or loss. Injury means actual physical bodily harm or mental impairment or emotional disorder. Read more at the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.