Identifying economic abuse for women with disability in Victoria: A toolkit

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Listen to Tricia Malowney, President of Women with Disabilities Australia, discuss the design and intention of the toolkit

This tool has been written for 3 reasons:

  1. To help people with disability to talk about their own money.
  2. To tell people where to get help if somebody is not using their money in the right way.
  3. To help people who want to help people with disability know what questions to ask.

Support workers and other people, such as trusted friends or neighbours, can use this tool to help people with disability. The tool can also be used by workers whose job it is to help people whose money is not being used in the right way.

Sometimes when people don’t use your money in the right way it is family violence. If people are not using your money in the right way there might be other family violence happening too. Using these questions might help you to think about whether somebody is not using your money in the right way. There are people who think that not using your money in the right way is OK. It is not OK and you should know that there are things to do and people who can help to stop it from happening. (Click on the image above to download the self advocacy booklet)

Auslan translation


Listen to Professor JaneMaree Maher and Dr Jasmine McGowan discuss the design of the toolkit:

Final report

Access the final report from the Identifying economic abuse for women with disability in Victoria project:


Additional project resources for service providers and self advocacy.

Where to get help


The research team would like to thank the women who participated in the focus groups and final consultation as well as those who shared their stories with us for the original ANROWS-funded research upon which this project is based. We would also like to extend our thanks to the numerous stakeholders and experts who contributed so generously during the focus groups and afterwards.

We thank the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust for funding this project as part of their small grants program in 2018-2019. We would also like to acknowledge the ANROWS funding for Women Disability and Violence: Creating Access to Justice that began this work and we would like to thank members of the research team with whom we worked on this project, Dr Claire Spivakovsky and Professor Jude McCulloch from Monash University, Kara Beavis from Oueensland University of Technology, and Dr Jessica Cadwallader, Meredith Lea and Therese Sands from People with Disability Australia.

Created by Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre in partnership with Tricia Malowney OAM

Project funded by the Victorian Women's Trust