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A crisis payment is a one-off non-taxable payment to extend immediate financial assistance to people in severe financial hardship who:
- are forced to leave their home due to extreme circumstances, such as domestic or family violence or a house fire, or
- have been subjected to domestic or family violence by a family member and choose to remain in the family home after the perpetrator has left or been removed from the home, or
- released prisoners released from either goal or psychiatric institutions.
Domestic or family violence is described by a variety of terms, including but not restricted to:
- assault, sexual assault,
- child, wife/partner, elder abuse,
- domestic violence,
- economic, social, verbal, emotional, psychological abuse,
- financial coercion,
- maltreatment, or
According to section 5L of the VEA a family member, in relation to a person, means:
- the partner, father or mother of the person, or
- a sister, brother or child of the person, or
- another person who, in the Commission's opinion, should be treated as one of these relations for the purposes of this definition.
Please note, the definition of a parent is further defined in section 10A of the VEA.
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