Women's Health Goulburn North East
Women's Health Goulburn North East


57 Rowan Street, Wangaratta, 3677
Tel 03 5722 3009 | Fax 03 5722 3020
Email whealth@whealth.com.au

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Keep Your Boat Afloat

WHGNE have operated No interest Loans Scheme (NILS) since 2007. As a result of this work it was identified that there was a need for resources identifying Financial Abuse as a form of Family Violence.

With funding granted from the Ian Potter Foundation for a project called Keeping Your Boat Afloat, we have developed the following resources.

Essential First StepsEssential First Steps
A booklet to re-establish financial security after leaving domestic violence.

 

Postcards and PostersPostcards and Posters
Resources alerting young women of the signs of Domestic Violence/Financial Abuse

 

10 Tips to thriving after domestic violence10 Tips to thriving after Domestic Violence
An on-line resource to support women to re-establish their finances and their lives.

 

 

Postcards and Posters

A series of six postcards, each detailing a young women’s experience of financial abuse. The back of the card lists help lines available for coping with Domestic Violence.

These resources have been informed by consultations with young women, including direct engagement with young women.

The postcards and posters can be:

They can be downloaded in postcard or poster format.
For more information about these resources please contact Women’s Health Goulburn North East on 03 5722 3009.

Download postcards here:
Guarantor for car loan

Guarantor for car loan
Credit-card maxed out

Credit-card maxed out
Pay all the rent

Pay all the rent
Rental contract

Rental contract
He controls the money

He controls the money
Only my name on the lease

Only my name on the lease

 

Download postcards four to a page here:

4up postcards1 combo

 

4up postcards2 combo

 

 

Download posters here:

Guarantor for car loan

Guarantor for car loan
Credit-card maxed out

Credit-card maxed out
Pay all the rent

Pay all the rent
Rental contract

Rental contract
He controls the money

He controls the money
Only my name on the lease

Only my name on the lease


Research and experience informs us that many young women are not aware that:

Family Violence is a community problem, not a women’s problem and not a woman’s fault.
Family Violence is not only about black eyes and broken bones.
Financial Abuse is all about POWER and CONTROL.
Financial Abuse comes in many forms including:

The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 identifies financial abuse as a form of Family Violence.

 

Essential First Steps

This booklet is the second stage of the Keeping Your Boat Afloat project. It is for women leaving domestic violence to assist them in re-establishing financial independence.

Essential First StepsWHGNE has operated a domestic violence specific No Interest Loans (NILS) program since 2007. As a result of this work we recognised that there was a need for resources identifying financial abuse as a form of family violence. Women who were separating from a partner were missing out on services available to them because they were not aware that the financial abuse they had experienced in their past relationship was in fact, family violence. We would regularly hear from women “He controlled all the money. I had nothing to spend on myself or the kids. But he never hit me. That’s not domestic violence is it?”

The Federal Government’s National Plan of action to reduce violence against women and their children argues that because financial dependence is a major factor influencing a woman’s decision to remain with an abusive partner, and family violence is also often associated with poverty and homelessness; therefore financial independence and security are essential for leaving and staying away from an abusive partner.

Whilst a reasonable level of literacy is necessary for a woman to use this book independently, it is also a useful tool for workers to assist women who have limited literacy skills, by providing information, prompts and helplines for coping with separation and financial hardship.

This booklet includes:

You are encouraged to download and print this resource for private, educational and organisational use.

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Essential First Steps

Essential First Steps

 

Ian Potter FoundationAcknowledgement and thank you to the Ian Potter Foundation for funding this project.

‘I question my decisions sometimes. My ex isn’t liking my growing awareness of money, and sometimes I feel really shaky, other times I feel clear and competent-I want more of the latter.’(Participant of the Tools for Change mentoring program)

Please note that every effort has been made to provide accurate and current information. Please notify WHGNE with any changes or corrections, in particular organisation’s details, via phone 0357223009 or emailwhealth@whealth.com.au

 

Ten Tips to thriving after Domestic Violence

Ten Tips to thriving after Domestic Violence is an easily accessible on-line resource to support women enduring financial abuse by raising awareness of this issue and informing women of the options that are available to assist them to re-establish their finances and their lives.

Poster to display Hit on each tip below for more information
Ten Tips to thriving after domestic violence
  1. Domestic Violence is not your fault
  2. Safety of your children is the number one priority.
  3. Seek legal advice promptly.
  4. Ask and make sure you are receiving...
  5. Seek help, there is lots of assistance...
  6. Seek support through friends...
  7. Children are affected by family violence...
  8. See a financial counsellor...
  9. Take time out for yourself...
  10. Focus on the future...

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