Financial Abuse Legal Service

What is this service?

RLC’s Financial Abuse Legal Service provides free, confidential legal information and advice to people across NSW who have money problems due to domestic abuse in an intimate partner relationship.

Money is a powerful tool that can be used to isolate and control. Financial abuse is a form of domestic violence. It can happen to anyone, regardless of their financial ability or knowledge. You are not to blame.

This service assists people in intimate partner relationships who have experienced financial abuse. 

Issues we help with include:

  • Owing money that you cannot pay back
  • Coercion to sign documents, take out loans or make false declarations
  • Identity theft to secure credit 
  • Joint debts/guarantees
  • Credit cards, personal loans and mortgages
  • Utility bills, such as electricity, gas, phone and internet
  • Insurance claims
  • Credit reporting
  • Bankruptcy

If we can’t help solve your legal or non-legal problem, we can connect you to someone who can.

We welcome referrals.

How to contact us

Our staff work offsite - you can contact us to make an appointment by phoning 0481 730 344, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 1pm, or use our confidential online form (below). When leaving a voicemail, please leave your name, number and note whether it is safe for us to call and text you. 

You can ask for a free telephone interpreter if you need one.

Appointments with our lawyers are currently by telephone only.

This service is part of RLC's Financial Abuse Service NSW

Proud Partner: CommBank Next Chapter

The legal service is also supported by American Express, PwC Australia, Ashurst and Telstra and Commonwealth Government funding administered by Legal Aid NSW under the Community Legal Services Program. Ecstra Foundation is providing support for statewide law reform, advocacy and capacity building work.