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What is Financial Abuse?

Financial abuse is a serious and widespread form of domestic and family violence where the abuser uses money to gain control and power.

If you’re in immediate danger, call 000.
If you need immediate support, call 1800 RESPECT.

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What are some signs of Financial Abuse?

Economic Well Being

Someone else deciding how the household income is spent.

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Being forced to take out debt in your name.

Domestic and Family Violence

Your partner monitoring your spending and/or asking for receipts.

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Your partner neglecting to pay child support or child care.

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Being denied access to your bank account.

Safety and Resilience

Working for a family business and not receiving payment.

Parent Family Support

Your partner making it difficult for you to get a job or earn money.

Research and Advocacy

Using your money to pay for all household expenses and not receiving discretionary income for yourself.

Loans and Insurance

Your partner gambling away your shared money.

Download some signs of financial abuse

Explore our blog posts to learn more

Financial Abuse, the What, Who and Why

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Mamamia sits down with the Hub's Financial Coach, Suzanne Panecki to discuss Financial Abuse and how to recover

The Financial Independence Hub has a range of coaches and support workers to help survivors recover from financial abuse.

Read the full article here

Financial Abuse: The What, Who and Why
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Families struggling with back to school costs urged to avoid fast credit
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Not for profit Good Shepherd has urged families in financial distress to consider government backed No Interest Loans, rather than adding to credit card debt or turning to pay day lenders and other sources of fast credit.
Economic abuse must be recognised as a driver of family violence
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Governments, the community and corporate Australia across the country must start rethinking their approaches to addressing family violence if they are serious about ending violence against women.
Pandemic’s economic pain worse for the young, migrants and women
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The economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has created a new group of economically vulnerable people, with young people, recent migrants and women among those hardest hit.
Next Chapter and the Financial Independence Hub
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Commonwealth Bank is extending and expanding its support for people impacted by financial abuse, as a result of domestic and family violence, with the launch of Next Chapter; a new program that will see the bank bring a range of services, support, resources and research to the market.
Good Shepherd joins faith-based organisations to voice concerns about Religious Discrimination Bill
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Leaders from Victoria’s most prominent faith-based and religious community service organisations have come together to urge the Federal Government not to implement the Religious Discrimination Bill as proposed.
Good Shepherd supports Treating Families Fairly
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Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is - along with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and six other like-minded organisations - a member of Treating Families Fairly. 

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