Domestic abuse victims in England and Wales will be able to claim up to £3,000 from the state starting 31 January.
The government’s motive is to help survivors move forward with their lives, prevent homelessness or face pressure to return to their abusers because of financial strain.
“It will be a lifeline for many, helping victims to flee abuse and rebuild their lives,” said domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales Nicole Jacobs.
After being referred by a recognised frontline support service, a survivor will be able to apply for up to £2,500 to help secure a sustainable independent future, such as a deposit for rental accommodation.
Also, those without the financial means to leave their abusers will be eligible for a one-off payment of up to £500 to buy essential items such as groceries, clothing and nappies.
The £2 million fund covering the scheme will initially last until March 2025. It follows a pilot scheme last year, funded by the Home Office and delivered by Women’s Aid, which helped more than 600 victims to safety.