Safe Exit

Economic harm doesn’t leave visible marks. Like other forms of family violence, it can be subtle – beginning with the smallest breach of trust and building over time. 

Economic harm can happen to anyone. It is experienced in the context of power and control within a relationship.

The impact can be devastating and can affect financial wellbeing long after the relationship is over.

Explore our resources that are designed to build understanding and support people to address economic harm in their own lives.

Economic Harm

Economic Harm

Economic harm doesn’t leave visible marks. Like other forms of family violence, it can be subtle – beginning with the smallest breach of trust and building over time. 

Economic harm, sometimes called economic abuse, can happen to anyone. It is experienced in the context of power and control within a relationship.

The impact can be devastating and can affect financial wellbeing long after the relationship is over.

Explore our resources that are designed to build understanding and support people to address economic harm in their own lives.

Explore economic harm

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Economic Harm Explained

Economic harm is behaviour towards a person that controls, restricts or removes their access to money, economic resources or participation in financial decisions. Economic harm,
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The Impact

Economic harm has both short and long term consequences.  The impact is complex, and cuts across many environments, often leading to years of debilitating economic
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Your Banking

Understanding your banking and what economic harm support is available can help you work through challenging life events including economic harm. The first place to
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Support for Employers

Family violence, including economic harm, has a significant impact on employee wellbeing and costs New Zealand employers over $350 million dollars annually.  Trends overseas suggest
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Finding support

Our Financial Wellbeing Coach – Economic Harm can provide support with the financial challenges of family violence. Our coach has experience in financial capability and advocacy, and working with those who have experienced family violence/economic harm. 

Please call 0800 466 370 and ask to speak to our Financial Wellbeing Coach – Economic Harm.

You can also contact our Financial Wellbeing Coach by completing our online form.

If you suspect economic harm is occurring, other forms of family violence may also be present. Family violence agencies are best placed to work with you to establish whether other forms of abuse are occurring in your relationship and we would encourage you to call one of the agencies listed below.

It is important to take some form of action to stop or address economic harm, but only when it is safe to do so.

If your safety is at immediate risk, please ring the New Zealand Police – 111

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