This report describes developments over the past 20 years including recognition of economic abuse as a form of family violence and efforts to improve financial outcomes for family violence victim-survivors.
The impetus for significant change was the Royal Commission into Family Violence (the Commission), which included specific recommendations relating to financial and economic matters (“the economic recommendations”) (State of Victoria, 2014-2016).
However, the authors argue that the foundation for these reforms was established many years earlier, due to:
- an effective community sector with relatively secure funding, including family violence services, financial counselling service and community legal services with expertise in financial issues
- collaboration between industry and the community sector, while the sector also advocates strongly on poor laws and practices
- broad recognition of the importance of community services in informing policy and influencing system change