Family violence support for women and children with a disability
The Disability and Family Violence Crisis Response Initiative aims to assist Victorian women with a disability who are experiencing family violence. Women and their children may require immediate disability support to access a family violence crisis accommodation response while exploring longer term housing and support options or require immediate disability support to remain safe in their own home.
Short-term funds can be provided for up to 12 weeks to a maximum of $9,000 per person while the woman and her family violence worker develop a longer term plan.
How to access the crisis response funding
Once a family violence worker determines that a woman or her child/ren have a disability as defined by the Disability Act (2006), a referral will be made to the Disability and Family Violence Liaison Officer (during business hours), or the safe steps Family Violence Response Centre (24 hours a day, seven days a week).
It is the role of the liaison officer to confirm whether it is likely that the woman (or her child/ren) has a disability and, where appropriate, to approve short-term funds for disability related supports such as attendant care, hire of equipment, sign/Auslan interpreting or transport costs.
The liaison officer is available to discuss specific situations or concerns and can provide advice regarding the initiative and the disability support system.
Department of Human Services
Disability Family Violence Liaison Officer
Telephone: (03) 9843 6304
Mobile: 0437 741 920
safe steps Family Violence Response Centre
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
(03) 9322 3555 or 1800 015 188 (toll free)