Supporting women facing domestic violence and financial abuse on their journey
to an independent, confident and safe life.

 

YourToolkit guides women through 4 steps to achieve financial freedom.

What is financial abuse?

Financial abuse (also known as economic abuse) is a form of domestic violence that is not often talked about, but can have a severe impact on the security and wellbeing of the abused partner, as well as children/dependants.

It has been estimated that 15% of Australian women have experienced financial abuse and there has been a marked increase in the number of women over 50 finding themselves in situations of financial hardship.

Many women are not aware they are victims of financial abuse.

Get answers here. YourToolkit details the 4 stages to freedom and provides you with access to the services you need to change your circumstances.

Financial abuse includes where your partner:

  • stops or tries to stop you knowing about the family finances;
  • stops or tries to stop you having access to household money, or enough money for your needs;
  • stops you from being able to make small financial decisions such as buying groceries or a cup of coffee;
  • stops or tries to stop you from working, earning money, or studying;
  • deprives you of basic necessities (such as food, shelter, sleep, assistive aids);
  • damages, destroys or steals any of your property; and
  • stops you or tries to stop you from using a phone, the internet or family car.

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Welcome to Your Toolkit

Welcome to Your Toolkit

 

The aim of Your Toolkit is to provide you and your family with support and help on the path to a more independent, confident and safe life. It has been built in consultation with women who have experienced domestic and family violence, support workers and industry professionals who understand the needs of women and families experiencing abuse.

The Your Toolkit team does not provide direct support to individuals, but the website provides details for contacting  support services and help lines and women's refuges.

If you are in danger now please call 000.

The information you will find here may help you if you need to make important decisions. It provides links and telephone numbers to key organisations, and things to consider doing when you are facing difficult and challenging situations. To make it easy to use, the information is divided into 4 sections: Prepare, Launch, Nourish and Flourish.

 

While some of the resources referred to in Your Toolkit are based  in Western Australia, most of the resources are national or have counterparts in other states. 

* “Economic abuse between intimate partners in Australia: prevalence, health status, disability and financial stress”, Jozica Kutin, Roslyn Russell, Mike Reid. (REF).

Your Toolkit helps women and their families facing financial or other domestic abuse become empowered through increased skills and knowledge.

 

4 Steps to
Financial Freedom

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