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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


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Exploring energy-related economic abuse in Australia: Victim and survivor perspectives

Background

Family violence can have many devastating impacts on victims and survivors, including on their use of essential services such as energy. Since the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016), increasing attention has been placed on energy utility responses to consumers impacted by family violence. In 2019, the Victorian energy regulator introduced new protections for Victorian family violence-affected energy customers, making it the first Australian jurisdiction to formally address the problem of family violence in the energy sector. In June 2022, the national regulatory body announced that similar protections will soon be extended to family violence-affected energy consumers nationwide. Nevertheless, despite these policy changes, the lived experience of energy problems and energy utility responses by family violence victims and survivors remains unexplored.

Aim

This is the first academic study on energy-related economic abuse. It aims to understand 1) how energy services can be implicated in the experience of family violence; and 2) how energy utilities and their regulators can improve their family violence responses.

Methods

This research is led by victims and survivors: the relationship between economic abuse, energy and energy utilities is explored through the eyes of economic abuse victims and survivors across Australia via individual, in-depth interviews.

Significance

This research contributes to the emerging economic abuse evidence base in Australia by exploring how economic abuse can manifest in the energy context, and the impact of this form of abuse on victims and survivors. In doing so, this research considers critical practice implications for energy and other essential service utilities.

Project start date

November 2021

Expected completion date

November 2024
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