Building effective policies and services to promote women’s economic security following domestic violence: State of knowledge paper

Tuesday, 11th August 2015

This state of knowledge paper outlines what is currently known about the economic tactics and financial impact of domestic violence, and ways to promote women’s economic security during and following violence.

Research and policy literature highlights the need for action to build both the immediate and longer term economic security of women who have experienced domestic violence, and identifies strategies in a range of areas.

A key challenge is the need for increased services and integrated responses across a diverse range of policy areas in order to respond to the multifaceted nature of domestic violence.

This paper identifies the need to make economic issues primary components of domestic violence prevention and responses, and to ensure income support, employment, housing, financial, legal and other systems work more effectively together to prevent, identify and respond to the economic tactics and impacts of domestic violence.

Prepared by:

  • Dr Natasha Cortis, Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Jane Bullen, Research Associate, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

This work is part of the ANROWS Landscapes series. ANROWS Landscapes (State of knowledge papers) are medium length papers that scope current knowledge on an issue related to violence against women and their children. Papers will draw on empirical research, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and/or practice knowledge.
 
This report addresses work covered in ANROWS research project 4.6 “Building effective policies and services to promote women’s economic security following domestic violence”. Please consult the ANROWS website for more information on this project. In addition to this paper, an ANROWS Horizons and ANROWS Compass will be available at a later stage as part of this project.