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What is Financial Abuse?

Financial abuse is a serious and widespread form of domestic and family violence where the abuser uses money to gain control and power.

If you’re in immediate danger, call 000.
If you need immediate support, call 1800 RESPECT.

Watch our quick explainer video on Financial Abuse

What are some signs of Financial Abuse?

Economic Well Being

Someone else deciding how the household income is spent.

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Being forced to take out debt in your name.

Domestic and Family Violence

Your partner monitoring your spending and/or asking for receipts.

Former Resident Support

Your partner neglecting to pay child support or child care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Being denied access to your bank account.

Safety and Resilience

Working for a family business and not receiving payment.

Parent Family Support

Your partner making it difficult for you to get a job or earn money.

Research and Advocacy

Using your money to pay for all household expenses and not receiving discretionary income for yourself.

Loans and Insurance

Your partner gambling away your shared money.

Download some signs of financial abuse

Explore our blog posts to learn more

Financial Abuse, the What, Who and Why

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Mamamia sits down with the Hub's Financial Coach, Suzanne Panecki to discuss Financial Abuse and how to recover

The Financial Independence Hub has a range of coaches and support workers to help survivors recover from financial abuse.

Read the full article here

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Good Shepherd welcomes the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand welcomes the release of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032 and commends its focus on addressing financial abuse and housing instability in ending violence against women. 
Financial Abuse: The What, Who and Why
Financial Abuse is a term that society and communities are only just really getting to know, despite there being an epidemic. It is extremely important to be in the know on this topic and familiarise yourself with the signs.
Geelong Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) one year on
Geelong business and organisation leaders have urged locals who are continuing to struggle financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to seek support. In February 2020, ten pioneering organisations launched Australia’s first city-wide plan to support customers in hardship.
3 easy power-saving tips to help you save some dollars
Our financial experts share 3 small, easy changes that might help reduce your power usage and put a few extra dollars in your pocket.
Good Shepherd’s LaunchME 2020 graduates
2020 was an extremely challenging year for most people. Despite the difficulties, Good Shepherd ensured a year of microenterprise coaching for nine extraordinary and talented people through it’s LaunchME program.
The difference between safe and dangerous credit
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Families struggling with back to school costs urged to avoid fast credit
Not for profit Good Shepherd has urged families in financial distress to consider government backed No Interest Loans, rather than adding to credit card debt or turning to pay day lenders and other sources of fast credit.
Economic abuse must be recognised as a driver of family violence
Governments, the community and corporate Australia across the country must start rethinking their approaches to addressing family violence if they are serious about ending violence against women.
Pandemic’s economic pain worse for the young, migrants and women
The economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has created a new group of economically vulnerable people, with young people, recent migrants and women among those hardest hit.
Next Chapter and the Financial Independence Hub
Commonwealth Bank is extending and expanding its support for people impacted by financial abuse, as a result of domestic and family violence, with the launch of Next Chapter; a new program that will see the bank bring a range of services, support, resources and research to the market.
Good Shepherd joins faith-based organisations to voice concerns about Religious Discrimination Bill
Leaders from Victoria’s most prominent faith-based and religious community service organisations have come together to urge the Federal Government not to implement the Religious Discrimination Bill as proposed.
Good Shepherd supports Treating Families Fairly
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is - along with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and six other like-minded organisations - a member of Treating Families Fairly. 

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No Interest Loans (NILs)

No Interest Loans (NILs)

Borrow up to $2000 for:
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Borrow up to $3,000 for:
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Find out if your eligible and start your NILs application by contacting  Good Shepherd on 13 64 57 or CLICK HERE to find a provider in your region.
Financial Independence Hub

Financial Independence Hub

The Financial Independence Hub is a free and confidential service supporting people who have experienced financial abuse to feel more confident with money and plan for the future. If you have experienced financial abuse and are ready to take practical steps to build your long-term financial independence, we are here to support you.
Queensland Financial Resilience Program

Queensland Financial Resilience Program

Supporting Queenslanders who are experiencing financial challenges with services including:
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Financial Abuse Information Hub

Financial Abuse Information Hub

Financial abuse remains to be under-reported. Do you think you have experienced financial abuse? Visit our Financial Abuse Resource Hub to learn more about this insidious form of abuse.
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Financial Counselling VIC

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Firmer Foundations NSW

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Financial Capability and Wellbeing Program VIC

Financial Capability and Wellbeing Program VIC

Improve your understanding of your finances and debt management with our Financial Capability and Wellbeing Program.
Financial assistance

Financial assistance

Our Family Violence services can help you with financial assistance.
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