This document presents a review of the literature relating to existing approaches to addressing financial abuse of women. It explores how the issue of financial abuse is defined and discussed, maps a variety of interventions and programs in place to which respond, and prevent the issue from occurring, and looks at how best practice can be defined.
This literature review has been guided by the high level questions set out in the measurement framework developed in the first phase of this engagement. Appendix B presents the questions for which literature has been identified and explored in this review. These questions were designed to help fill identified gaps in knowledge around how to measure and address financial abuse, looking across a breadth of issues and focus areas.
This literature review presents the findings from a systematic exploration of the literature available in the public domain of relevance to these research questions. A number of the focus questions will be further explored in later phases of work, including through analysis of program data to be obtained directly from service providers and, most importantly, through stakeholder engagement with providers and other key stakeholders across Australia.
Once these future data collection activities are complete, findings will be synthesised with the insights from this literature review to identify best practice examples of effective prevention and support initiatives.