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.

Each each postcard and poster details a young women’s experience of financial abuse.  The back of the card lists help lines available for support.

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.

 

Download in postcard or poster format. If you would like some hard copies of these resources please contact whealth@whealth.com.au or call 03 5722 3009.

 

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.