• 16% of women have experienced economic abuse in their lives • More than 75% of people experiencing domestic violence have also experienced economic abuse • 1 in 10 women said their partner had forced or pressured them to give her/him their savings or other assets • While anyone can fall victim to economic abuse, women between the ages of 30 to 49 and/or people with a disability or long-term health problems have the highest rates • In Australia, 63% of women in high financial stress have a history of economic abuse
Zahra Foundation Australia supports women and non-binary folk impacted by economic abuse via our specialist Financial Counselling Service and Pathways to Empowerment Programs to equip them with the tools they need to achieve economic empowerment and financial independence.
We couldn’t do this work without the support of our incredible donors, supporters and partners including the South Australian Government and Greater Charitable Foundation in Newcastle, NSW - thank you!
“We know what a difference the Pathways to Empowerment program can make in the lives of women and children and believe every woman recovering from family and domestic violence should have this opportunity.
“So, we are excited that women in the Hunter will now have that chance.” Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM
All the best tomorrow Zahra Foundation Australia
“There is no recovery from family and domestic violence without financial independence and economic empowerment. No woman should have to choose between the safety of themselves and their children, or poverty and homelessness.” Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM
We’re thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity and commitment of Greater Charitable Foundation we’ll be partnering with Jenny's Place Domestic Violence & Homelessness Support and Deakin University to deliver our Pathways to Empowerment program in Newcastle for the next three years.
This means that women and non-binary folk from across the Hunter Region who have escaped abusive relationships will now have access to this life-changing program, supporting them to not just recover but thrive after fleeing from domestic and family violence.
No woman should have to choose between safety or poverty and homelessness. Our Pathways to Empowerment program has helped so many women recover from family and domestic violence through financial independence and economic empowerment but there's so much more to be done - stay tuned for a massive announcement today!!
The Cornucopia conference is coming up soon - and our CEO Kelly-ann is sharing what we’ve learned at the Zahra Foundation about the importance of financial independence and economic empowerment of women to break the cycle of family and domestic violence.
Make sure you register to hear from her and many other experts about how you can help build financial literacy for women in South Australia.
“Zahra Foundation Australia welcomes the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children. Although it feels impossible to end domestic, family and sexual violence in all its forms, tackling the drivers of this violence and addressing the gender inequality that is the root cause is within our reach. At Zahra Foundation Australia, we recognise that advancing the economic empowerment of women and girls is a critical element in not only breaking the cycle of violence and abuse, but also to preventing it from happening in the first place.
It is not good enough that in 2022 women are forced to choose between their safety – and that of their children – or their financial and housing security. True recovery and healing from domestic, family and sexual violence must include financial independence and economic empowerment.
Timely information and specialist trauma-informed guidance about economic abuse and finances should be accessible to all women throughout Australia, including in regional and remote areas, both as they plan to leave abusive relationships and post-separation. It is essential that culturally responsive recovery services and specialist financial counselling are also accessible across Australia to ensure we break the cycle of violence for all people – no matter what their cultural background, geographic location or economic situation.” Kelly-ann CEO
Read the full media release from the Australian Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Recovery Alliance here...
If you would like to join our next Pathways to empowerment program - Message our inbox !🚺🌈 Our friends at Zahra Foundation Australia are seeking women and non-binary folk who are recovering from domestic and family violence to consider their Term 4 Pathways to Empowerment program.
Past participants have said that exploring their rights, boundaries, and building confidence around decision making helps them break free from violence and create a safer future.
Courses are commencing Tues 18th Oct (Northern), Wed 19th Oct (South), & Thurs 20th Oct (Central) - see pic.
*This is the last week to register or refer for the Term 4 intake*
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