Seminar – The financial impacts and costs on women living with and leaving domestic violence

The Domestic Violence Prevention Council and Women’s centre for Health Matters jointly hosted the seminar on 13 October to coincide with Anti-Poverty week. The week was chosen for this seminar because we wanted to highlight that poverty can be an issue for women in the ACT. And in particular, domestic violence can create unique circumstances of financial hardship for women living in and leaving a violent relationship, as well as in the longer term. The seminar focused on strengthening local knowledge and understanding in the ACT about the links to poverty and hardship for women from living with and leaving domestic violence, including understanding what women experienced. The seminar also provided information about what financial supports and services are available for this group of women.