Responding to financial abuse

In the lead-up to Australia’s inaugural Economic Abuse Awareness Day on 26 November, RLC staff are speaking at online events to raise awareness about financial abuse.

Responding to financial abuse: one size doesn't fit all

On 22 November, RLC's financial abuse team leader is appearing on a panel alongside other subject matter experts to discuss responses to financial abuse. 

This event is organised by Centre for Women’s Economic Safety, who is also coordinating Australias inaugural Economic Abuse Awareness Day.

Economic abuse, like other forms of coercive control, can look quite different from person to person as individual, social and cultural meanings change the context of money and relationships. Understanding these differences is key to designing flexible responses to economic abuse that can support the needs of diverse range of victim-survivors.

This session will unpack some of these differences and share some of Australia’s most promising responses to economic abuse.


  •  Dr Supriya Singh - Author, Domestic Economic Abuse and Honorary Professor, RMIT
  • Cathy Oddie - Lived experienced advocate
  • Dr Roslyn Russell - Director of Research, Advocacy and Service Impact, Good Shepherd
  • Dacia Abela - Program Manager Financial Services, WEstJustice • Tasnia Alam Hannan - Co-founder, Arise Foundation
  • Laura Bianchi - Team Leader, Redfern Legal Centre’s Financial Abuse Service NSW

 The online panel discussion will be held on Monday 22 November from 12pm - 1.30pm. Register here.

Savvy Finance webinar: Supporting women's freedom from Financial Abuse

Can you confidently identify Financial Abuse in another person's relationship? How about your own? Join Marrickville Legal Centre for the launch of Savvy Finance, a free e-learning resource for women at risk of financial abuse.

In this 30-minute lunchtime webinar , hear from women who helped create Savvy Finance as they explore the symptoms and impacts of financial abuse, particularly as it relates to women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and why it can often be difficult to identify.

RLC's financial abuse team leader is on the steering committee of the project, and RLC's financial abuse solicitor, Jasmine Opdam, will be speaking at the event.

​Panallests include:

  • Jasmine Opdam – Financial Abuse Service NSW, Redfern Legal Centre 
  • Jane Lu Chinese – Australian Services Society (CASS)
  • Rachael Natoli – Lokahi Foundation

This free webinar will be held Tuesday 23 November from 1-1.30pm. Register here.