Reducing the
Financial Impacts

of Family Violence

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

Initially established to consider recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria, EARG has input to national issues such as banking and insurance.  Our Victorian and New South Wales chapters have input to state issues (for example energy, tenancy and fines).  Over 20 organisations contribute to our work.

EARG is funded by the Ecstra Foundation.

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Service model to provide financial abuse support

June 21st, 2022|

A number of EARG organisations provided their valuable expertise and insights into this new report: Addressing financial abuse: a collaborative service model for legal and non-legal support, supported by Commonwealth Bank, in partnership with Redfern [...]

Five years of business and Government reforms

February 18th, 2022|

Since the Victorian Royal Commission into Family violence handed down its recommendations in 2016, there have been significant changes in the way that many businesses, and some sections of government, tailor their services to better [...]

DFV and Debt – Needs more than financial hardship response

November 15th, 2021|

Some businesses are providing sophisticated responses to customers experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV), but some are too quick to focus solely on financial circumstances rather than the impact of abuse.  A range of reforms [...]

New funding ensures EARG’s work can continue

September 30th, 2020|

The Economic Abuse Reference Group (EARG) will continue to contribute to better financial outcomes for people experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV), thanks to a grant from the Ecstra Foundation.  EARG is a network of [...]

New report shows we are making a difference.

April 14th, 2020|

We have seen better financial outcomes for family violence victim survivors over the past three years, due to the work of government, regulators and business.  A new report by Carolyn Bond and Dr. Madeleine Ulbrick examines [...]

Family violence, financial abuse and COVID-19

March 30th, 2020|

Domestic and family violence increases in times of disaster[1], and services are already reporting an increase in calls for help[2] as a result of COVID-19. Contributing risks include isolation with a violent partner and being [...]

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Business has tended to be ahead of govt with #family violence #economic abuse responses, but it's encouraging to see more govt bodies developing better approaches to vulnerable customers, including those experiencing #familyviolence #economicabuse including 1/2

Congratulations @nicolajanesharp on your new book 'Understanding and Responding to Economic Abuse'. Pleased to see this topic covered by a renowned expert in the field.

Finally, the #SaveSafeLending campaign to save responsible lending laws. @consumer_action @cclswa @EconomicAbuseRG #Congress2022 @ConsumersFedAu

Getting a ready to present with @MaddyUlbrick and Susan Barkehall Thomas @FamilyStudies #aifsconf on financial abuse and lending, analysing 10 years of Australian case law, showing how few avenues there are for legal remedy in this common type of family violence #VAW

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