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 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.

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“It was like he had an image of a perfect girlfriend. He would decide what I wore, where I went, who I saw and give me as much money as he thought I needed for the things he agreed that I could do.”
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"I wanted to work, but he kept finding more and more things for me to do at home. He wanted me to be like his mother, keep the house in a certain way, and bake, and always be home to make his life comfortable."
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"We had a joint bank account, but I didn't realise we weren't on the same page. I still don't know how she spent all that money - it's taken me years to get on top of the debt."

Explore economic harm

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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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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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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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Other useful resources

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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