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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.



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.



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.


Responding to economic abuse

This resource outlines how to understand economic and financial abuse, the harms of financial abuse and how to address economic abuse.  

Based on studies of women seeking support for domestic and family violence, financial abuse has been estimated to occur among 80 to 90 per cent of this population. However, since this form of abuse may not place women’s immediate physical safety at risk, victims and survivors may not present to crisis services and supports – and the abuse sometimes emerges post-separation.

Economic abuse can affect women’s short-, medium- and long-term prospects for financial wellbeing and independence. Beyond enhancing women’s economic security in general, addressing economic abuse involves the following:

  • promoting awareness
  • reducing opportunities for economic abuse to be perpetrated through systems
  • early specialist advice and assistance to secure property and funds, and prevent loss upon separation
  • screening for economic abuse
  • responding to debt: engaging the private sector
  • asset-building strategies.



Suggested citation

Bullen, J., Cortis, N., and Hill, T. (2016). Responding to economic abuse (Issues paper 2). UNSW Social Policy Research Centre.

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