The Economic Abuse Reference Group is an informal group of community organisations  which  influences government and industry responses to the financial impact of family violence. Our members include family violence services, community legal services and financial counselling services.

The group’s work is focused primarily in Victoria, where the recent Royal Commission into Family Violence made several recommendations for government and industry.

The group is also responding to some national issues, such as banking and insurance, where organisations outside Victoria contribute to the group’s work.

Issues we have, or plan to have, provided input to include banking, insurance, utilities including water, tenancy, and infringements.

Not all organisations contribute on every issue – and other organisations may contribute from time to time.  Organisations involved include:


Report on Victorian response to financial abuse

December 11th, 2018|Latest News|

Collaboration between Government, community and business sectors in Victoria have led to significant reforms which improve the economic wellbeing of victim-survivors of family violence. A new report describes developments over the past 20 years including [...]

Auditing the water industry’s family violence response

July 3rd, 2018|Latest News|

The Victorian water regulator audits water businesses annually to check compliance with customer services codes.  This year's audit, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) will focus on the family violence provisions of the code which must [...]

Good Practice – Requests for Documents

May 17th, 2018|Latest News|

Simplifying customer access to copies of documents relating to their financial service or utility accounts constitutes good service for all customers, and can be very important to those experiencing family violence. See our short guide.


Panel involving @WIREwomensinfo @McAuleycsw @ThrivingCP @EconomicAbuseRG @WesternCLC discuss the junctures in a woman’s trajectory out of family violence that offer ‘teachable moments’ to restore financial capability.

Hearing @SkyeHawkins18 from Westjustice @WesternCLC talk about benefits of financial counsellors working with family violence services at forum today with @WIREwomensinfo & @dvvic

Kelly O’Dwyer’s $109 million package supporting women is a much needed start... but just a tiny drop of what's needed

Early release of super is a last resort. 2 WLSV measures adopted today will be life changing for women. Women will be able to increase their super by easier access to their partner’s super info and a more streamlined small property process in the family law system. #vaw #abc

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