This discussion paper is the first in a series of papers that will look at how the finance sector can minimise harm from the misuse of its products by perpetrators of domestic violence. The paper calls for financial products to better support financial safety.
Women's Aid's 'Come Together to End Domestic Abuse' campaign involves a range of activities, including media partnerships, events and public awareness. The campaign has research and evaluation at its heart. The aim of their recent survey was to design a piece of formative research to...
Of the 2% of community-dwelling people aged 65 and older in Australia who reported experiencing financial abuse in the AIFS 2021 Survey of Older People, the most common form of financial abuse is being pressured into giving or loaning money, possessions or property.
This guide provides user-friendly checklists for financial service organisations to better understand, prevent and address financial abuse.
Understanding economic and financial abuse and older people in the context of domestic and family violence
This research paper analyses existing research on older people, economic and financial abuse. It identifies a gap in the evidence base relating to the perpetration of economic and financial abuse against older people specifically in the context of domestic and family violence.
In July 2021, the Office for Women held a virtual workshop on the prevention of financial abuse. The workshop was facilitated by researchers from the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre. This report summarises key points of discussion that emerged throughout the day.
Understanding economic and financial abuse and disability in the context of domestic and family violence
This paper examines the existing research on disability, economic and financial abuse. The paper focuses specifically on abuse occurring in the context of domestic and family violence, and notes the need for further research focused on the experiences of people with disability in this context.
The 2021 report contains a range of descriptive statistics and analyses of Helpline data collected during the 2020–21 financial year.
Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse. Perpetrators aim to take away their partner's autonomy and freedom. This inquiry looked at ways to better respond to the phenomenon of coercive control.
This is the first national study that captures the diversity of migrant and refugee women, including residency/visa status. It is also the first national study to ask specific questions about domestic violence and controlling behaviours related to the visa and migration status of women.
This paper examines the available research on economic and financial abuse in diverse cultural contexts and how it may be perpetrated within specific cultural communities.
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...
2019 Churchill Fellowship to study service responses to women experiencing or escaping domestic financial abuse USA, Canada, UK
This report outlines the work of organisations and people responding to domestic economic abuse in the UK, USA and Canada. It includes observations about the potential relevance of this work to the Australian context, and includes some recommendations for Australia.
Change in prevalence of psychological and economic abuse, and controlling behaviours against women by an intimate partner in two cross-sectional studies in New Zealand, 2003 and 2019
This article explores changes in reported lifetime prevalence of psychological abuse, controlling behaviours and economic abuse between 2003 and 2019, and the past 12-month prevalence of psychological abuse by an intimate partner were examined.
Awareness of coercive control within the context of abusive intimate relationships is greater than ever before in Australia. This study examines the characteristics of violence and abuse reported by 1,023 Australian women who had recently experienced coercive control by their current or former partner.
This research paper builds upon the findings of the first paper in this series by considering how experiences of economic and financial abuse are informed by cultural context with a focus on First Nations Communities.
Who is most at risk of physical and sexual partner violence and coercive control during the COVID-19 pandemic?
This study shows that, consistent with what is known about patterns of domestic violence more generally, some Australian women were much more likely than others to have experienced physical or sexual violence and/or coercive control during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This policy brief is designed to assist policymakers developing legal or policy and practice frameworks to prevent or respond to coercive control in relation to domestic and family violence.
This report of the first-ever detailed study of financial elder abuse specifically in remote towns and Aboriginal communities, finds that Aboriginal elders are under immense financial pressure, and often find themselves providing for extended family on an individual pension or other income.
The Elder Abuse Helpline provides information, support, and referrals for older people and those who witness or suspect the abuse or neglect of an older person. This report outlines data collected during the 2019–20 financial year.