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Labor pledges $60 million to help women fleeing domestic violence

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Labor has pledged to create 20,000 funding packages for people fleeing domestic violence if they are elected to government.

Labor has pledged to inject $60 million into tailored support for Australians to rebuild their lives after fleeing abusive relationships. 

Bill Shorten's government, if elected this year, has pledged funds for about 20,000 "flexible support packages" to help women pay rent or buy furniture.  

Based on a Victorian model, the packages are expected to cost $60 million in total.

Partners who exercise financial control in a relationship is an indicator of abuse, domestic violence organisation White Ribbon says.

The packages are designed to help women leave relationships and set up stable, permanent homes for them and their children.

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Labor frontbencher, Linda Burney, is the shadow minister for the prevention of family violence.
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"These packages are about helping people keep their life together in the most difficult of circumstances," the opposition leader said in a statement.

"(They're about) keeping the kids in the school they know, keeping the family doctor, being able to stay in work and study."

The packages won't be restricted to women with children; young people, temporary visa holders and members of the LGBTQI+ community will be able to access the funding as well.

Victoria rolled out flexible support packages in 2016, spending more than $64 million on more than 19,000 packages. 

The federal government has also moved to provide support for women disadvantaged financially by ending an abusive relationship. 

In November, the Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer announced a funding boost for family law services and initiatives to improve economic security.  

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