Reducing the
Financial Impacts

of Family Violence

Resources for industry
Resources for advocates

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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Domestic abuse, company directors and business debt

August 16th, 2022|

Marion’s husband was jealous of her contact with work colleagues and pressured her to give up her nursing job.  When she decided to run a small cleaning business, the coercive control escalated. Marion’s husband insisted [...]

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 [...]

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Small business directorships and debts can be a means of family violence and financial abuse - some system changes are needed

The “interplay of gendered violence, structural economic barriers, & poorly designed #socialsecurity undermines women’s economic safety”. In the latest edition of EJA's Rights Review learn how #Centrelink is manipulated by perpetrators of #familyviolence:

The social security system can exacerbate impact of #familyviolence. Support this @ej_australia letter to Federal Government. Violence or poverty: Social Security Reform is Key

Research reports released last week by @ANROWS "found one in two Australians will be victims of technology-facilitated abuse, with one in three recent experiences occurring in a current or former intimate partner relationship." @ANROWSCEO

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