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Information booklet on Dealing with financial abuse

  • ‘He controlled all the money. I had to account for every cent I spent.’
  • ‘He said I was hopeless with money and that I should trust him.’
  • ‘When we got married I had some savings, a job and a car. The marriage is over and I’ve got nothing.’
  • ‘I don’t care about the money. I just want to feel safe, get away and start again.’

Many people think of family violence as physical injury or emotional abuse. However, withholding money, controlling all the household spending or refusing to include you in financial decisions is often part of family violence and is called economic or financial abuse.

Women from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds with or without children can experience financial abuse. Controlling the money is a common aspect of family violence, and can happen to any woman regardless of her financial ability or knowledge.

This information booklet will help you better understand your experience of financial abuse in a relationship and how you may have got there, and learn ways you can get back control of your money and your life.

Published in 2014 and kindly funded by the Victoria Law Foundation.


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