Financially associated persons who support victims of family violence
We know that friends and family are often called upon to assist in responding to crisis situations, such as a friend, sibling or adult child fleeing family violence.
Practitioners will be aware that a ‘financially associated person’ (FAP) is defined in the VLA Handbook for lawyers as ‘any person who usually provides the person applying for a grant of legal assistance with financial support or any person who could reasonably be expected to financially assist the person applying for a grant of legal assistance’.
We do not consider as a FAP a person who is temporarily providing accommodation or other support to assist an applicant escape from family violence. In these extraordinary circumstances, the family member or friend's details should not be entered into ATLAS.