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2019 Churchill Fellowship to study service responses to women experiencing or escaping domestic financial abuse USA, Canada, UK

Financial abuse Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Family violence Women economic conditions Canada United States of America United Kingdom

This Churchill Fellowship study investigated responses to women experiencing domestic economic abuse by organisations in the UK, USA and Canada. The organisations in focus were often working to support women’s immediate needs as well as advocating for a more equitable society.  Most advocates interviewed, identified a need to reduce the structural and systemic barriers to economic justice, and were working to increase women’s economic safety.

The report’s recommendations fall into two broad categories:

  1. Improving systems taking in systems change advocacy and research to support steps towards a more equitable society.
  2. Improving responses takes in approaches, models and programs that respond to women directly (direct responses), and that build the capacity of others to respond and improves understanding and awareness (indirect/capacity building).

Key activities of the focus organisations included lobbying governments for better recognition of economic abuse, working with a range of organisations to build understanding and awareness of economic abuse and improve responses, research into economic abuse, and supporting victim-survivors with cash, information and advocacy.

This report identifies opportunities for Australia to significantly improve its responses to women experiencing economic abuse in the intimate partner context.

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