Economic harm is a form of family violence that can happen to anyone. A lack of awareness in New Zealand means it often goes unaddressed and creates serious hardship.
We’re spreading the word about economic harm, with the aim of growing a better understanding of what economic harm is and how we can begin to prevent it in our communities.
We’ve created a range of resources and tools for you to use to help spread the word, so friends and whānau can also start talking about it and encourage people experiencing it to access the support they need.
Raising awareness of economic harm is the first step to eliminating its impact in New Zealand communities.
There are many ways you can get involved to spread awareness about economic harm.
Join our panelists at 11:00am on Friday 26th November for Economic Harm Awareness Day, as they explore economic harm with you.
You’ll gain insight into what economic harm looks like and how it is different to other forms of harm, why we use the term economic harm and not financial abuse and why economic harm is often invisible.
Plus, our panelists will be discussing what’s being done overseas to prevent economic harm and how we can adapt that in Aotearoa.
Tune in on Economic Harm Awareness Day to gain a better understanding of economic harm and the opportunities we have to address it in our communities.
New Zealand’s inaugural Economic Harm Awareness Day will take place on the 26th of November, 2021; the day after the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and within the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.
We are working together with the Centre for Women’s Economic Safety in Australia, the Canadian Centre for Women’s Empowerment and UK-based Surviving Economic Abuse to mobilise resources internationally to build awareness of economic harm.
Economic harm can impact all ages, socio-economic groups, cultures, ethnicities and genders.
It has both short and long term consequences – and like other forms of violence, it can be subtle, beginning with the smallest breach of trust, and then build over time.
Discover the impact of economic harm by reading, listening and watching real life stories.
We’ve created a range of resources to help you raise awareness of economic harm.
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
Women’s Refuge New Zealand – 0800 733 843 (crisis line)
Shine – 0508 774 633 (9am-11pm every day)
Aviva (Christchurch) – 0800 28482 669
Shakti – 0800 742 584 (24 hours)
Are you ok? – 0800 456 450
Family violence Information Line – 0800 456 450 (9am-11pm every day)
Gandhi Nivas – (Auckland) 0800 426 344 Support for men
Men’s Health – Support for Men
He Waka Tapu – 0800 Hey Bro (439 279) for support to stop using violence