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Respectful Financial Relationship Conversations Project

Through our research, education programs and support services WIRE has heard countless stories from women, gender diverse and non-binary people about the challenges of managing money in relationships. Funded by the Credit Union of Australia (CUA) the Respectful Financial Relationship Conversations Project will create a conversation kit focussing on giving women, nonbinary and gender diverse people the skills to talk about money with partners, family members, friends and service providers.

The kit is comprised of a booklet and seven short videos. The content for both draws on a body of research, and the input of a small team of Lived Experience Advocates (LEAs) as well as advice from WIRE staff and volunteers.

The booklet includes tools for having conversations about money – a checklist for before, during and after conversations, strategies for dealing with conflict as well as important tips about how to listen and how to be heard, and information about  financial abuse and where to go for support.

Filming took place over a week in January at locations around Melbourne. The generosity of the cast and crew and others who leant their homes, meant that the videos could be shot in real kitchens and living rooms. One was also shot in a popular Brunswick café. The videos show examples of conversations about money in situations that many people find embarrassing or stressful. Topics include talking about splitting the bill, taking a loan out for someone else, financial abuse, buying property with family and more.

The Respectful relationships and money kit will be launched in early May 2021.

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