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Domestic abuse, company directors and business debt

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 she not do paperwork at home and took control over the business finances.  He controlled every aspect of her life, refusing to let her see a doctor for pain in her arms, insisting she take sedatives he provided.  When Marion tried to sell the business, he sabotaged the sale by being abusive in front of potential buyers.

Marion escaped the relationship […]

August 16th, 2022|Categories: Latest News|

New funding ensures EARG’s work can continue

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 community organisations (financial counselling services, family violence services, community legal centres and women’s services) which work together to influence government and industry responses to the financial impacts of domestic and family violence.

The multi-year  funding commitment provides for a DFV expert to build on the policy work to date, to facilitate information and resource sharing and to co-ordinate input to law reform, reviews and industry policies.

Over […]

September 30th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|

New report shows we are making a difference.

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 what has been achieved, and what remains to be done. 


In 2016, the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV)[1] recommended action by government, regulators and business to address economic abuse.   The Chair of the Victorian Essential Services Commission reflected on what many regulators and businesses were likely to had thought at that time “We’re economists.  What do you want me to do […]

April 14th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|

Family violence, financial abuse and COVID-19

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 cut-off from community supports.

Other factors specifically increase the risks of financial abuse. Financial abuse (also referred to as economic abuse) is a form of family violence which commonly accompanies physical and emotional abuse.

The ability to access superannuation opens up an avenue for an abusive person to coerce, or force, their partner to access their funds when this is not in the […]

March 30th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|

Report on Victorian response to financial abuse

This refers to a 2018 report which covers activity prior to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence until late 2018.  A more recent report, covering the period from the Royal Commission until December 2019 can be found here.

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 recognition of economic abuse as a form of family violence and efforts to improve financial outcomes for family violence victim-survivors.

Read the 

December 11th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

Auditing the water industry’s family violence response

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 be implemented by 30 June 2018. 

The audit will test whether the minimum family violence requirements are addressed in company policies, as well as whether:

·        training has been delivered, and who was trained 

·        family violence included as an eligibility criteria for hardship assistance 

·        call handling processes for customer affected by family violence.

Progress will then be […]

July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Latest News|

App helps women gain financial freedom

PENDA is a free app provides financial tips, legal information and referrals for women who have experienced family violence. It has been developed by Womens Legal Service Queensland and the Financial Rights Legal Centre with funding from Financial Literacy Foundation.

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|


We have raised some issues with the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) in relation to insurance problems faced by people experiencing family violence. We are pleased that the ICA have taken this seriously and will continue to engage with our members on this issue. Read more about this work here in the SMH and Insurance News article.

Read our paper here. Insurance and Family Violence

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Insurance, Latest News|


The Essential Services Commissioner, which is responsible for regulating the Victorian water industry, has worked with water businesses and the community to respond to the RCFV’s recommendation that changes be made to the industry code, and that guidelines are developed, to address issues relating to family violence and utilities.

Some of our members had significant input and we expect the final code changes to be released in April. The next stage will be the development and release of Guidelines for consultation. Matters covered include staff training, identifying indicators of family violence, maintaining personal safety (for staff and customers) and […]

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Latest News, Utilities|


In November 2016, the Australian Bankers Association (ABA) released Industry guideline: Financial abuse and family and domestic violence policies (Family Violence Guideline). Our group had the opportunity to provide input to the final document which guides banks in relation to issues such as staff training, identifying indicators of family abuse, supporting staff who have experienced family violence, and clarifying that banks can negotiate a variation of a joint agreement with just one of the parties if necessary.

In March 2017, the ABA responded to the recommendations of a review of […]

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Banking, Latest News|
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