To ensure the safety of victims of stalking and domestic violence, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has decided to assist in financing their moving costs with public funds from next month.
The expenses will only be covered for victims who must vacate their current residence to protect their physical safety, police said.
According to the police, there are many victims of domestic violence, harassment and stalking who are not able to relocate due to a lack of financial resources.
Therefore, starting from Aug 1, the police department will assist in covering the cost of moving to ensure victims' safety. Specifically, victims and their families who are at risk of physical harm and do not possess adequate finances will be paid up to 70,000 yen to cover relocation expenses.
Until now, victims who were unable to cover their relocation costs would receive assistance from police department personnel, who would drive moving trucks. However, the police will now utilize support from professional moving companies.© Japan Today