Understanding economic and financial abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the economic insecurity experienced by women who are victim-survivors of domestic and family violence (DFV), the economic costs of DFV, both for women and a societal level, and the scourge of financial and economic abuse.

Financial abuse is an under-reported aspect of domestic and family violence. It can have devastating consequences for women, often lasting for decades.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) has partnered with the University of New South Wales Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) through it’s CommBank Next Chapter program to develop a research series exploring current knowledge of financial abuse in Australia.

This webinar will unpack the research findings and build community, sector and industry understanding of this important issue.

The discussion will be facilitated by Padma Raman PSM (ANROWS) with:

  • Professor Jan Breckenridge, Head of the School of Social Sciences and Co-Convenor of the Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW
  • Dixie Link-Gordon, EO, Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Corporation
  • Heidi La Paglia, Director of Policy and Programs, Women with Disabilities Australia
  • Juliana Nkrumah AM, Project Manager — Domestic & Family Violence , CEO of Settlement Services International
  • Robert Fitzgerald AM, NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner

The panel discussion will provide guidance for policy and practice across government, business and industry to respond to the prevalence of financial abuse within the context of domestic and family violence (DFV).

There will be a live Q&A at the end of the session.

The webinar is open to anyone and free to attend. Live captioning will be available for the webinar and a recording of the webinar will be available on the ANROWS website.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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