This panel will consider the interplay of policies designed to address domestic and family violence and economic insecurity and financial stress experienced by women. Financial abuse is an often under-reported aspect of domestic and family violence. It can have devastating consequences for women, often lasting for decades. And for women who are not subject to tactics of financial abuse, the economic impact of domestic and family violence can still be immense.
The social security system, banking system, housing and homelessness system, domestic and family violence and other service systems can all play a role in alleviating the difficulties experienced by women experiencing economic insecurity – however, these systems can also exacerbate the very issues they are intended to address.
The panel will explore how this can occur, the progress that has been made in recent years and the promise offered by evidence-informed policy.