Since 2013 six post cards have been educating young women about Financial abuse*, we are pleased to announce that in 2018 these have been updated and are complemented by five videos funded by WCF Thomas Charitable Trust.
The postcards and posters can be:
- Displayed in reception areas at libraries, local council offices, Tafe’s, schools, community health services and youth services;
- Used in discussions about basic money management, budgeting and contracts;
- Used to inform discussions and raise awareness of respectful relationships;
- Used to discuss credit and debt issues including rights and responsibilities;
- Used to discuss options available when financial difficulty does occur.
Research and experience informs us that many young women are not aware that:
Family Violence is a community problem, not a women’s problem and not a woman’s fault.
Family Violence is not only about black eyes and broken bones.
Financial Abuse is all about POWER and CONTROL.
Financial Abuse comes in many forms including:
- Withholding money or dictating how it is spent;
- Refusing to allow a woman to work or study, thus limiting her financial independence and opportunities;
- Forcing a partner to claim income support payments, placing them at risk of accusations of security fraud;
- Putting all loans and debts in the woman’s name and assets in the abusers name; and
- Refusing to contribute to the costs of the household.
The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 identifies financial abuse as a form of Family Violence.
*2013 funding was from Ian Potter Foundation as part of the project called Keeping Your Boat Afloat.