WHAT WE DO

Our Mission

The Centre for Women’s Economic Safety exists to raise awareness of intimate partner economic abuse and advocate for social changes that support women’s economic safety and opportunity.

Our Objectives

The Centre for Women’s Economic Safety works:
1. Towards prevention and early intervention of economic abuse by raising awareness of the issue;
2. In advocacy for social, service and system change to better support women’s economic safety and opportunity; and
3. To support women experiencing economic abuse by connecting them with the resources they need.

Our Approach

Building on the approach developed by Domestic Violence Service Management’s initiative, Insight Exchange, the Centre for Women’s Economic Safety is guided by the expertise of women with lived experiences of economic abuse and disadvantage to inform its advocacy.

WHAT WE STAND FOR

Our Vision

Our Vision is of an Australia where:
• Women are free of abuse that undermines their economic safety;
• Women are able to access opportunities to (re)establish, maintain and build economic safety; and
• The caring and protection of children, and other dependents, is supported and valued.

Our Governance

The Centre for Women’s Economic Safety is currently an unincorporated organisation operating on a not-for-profit basis. It is auspiced by Domestic Violence NSW Service Management, a registered charity and public benevolent institution endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR).

Our Principles

EMPOWERING
We recognise women’s agency to make decisions about their situation and provide support for women to access opportunities to (re)establish, maintain and build economic safety.

COLLABORATIVE
Economic wellbeing is multi-faceted and requires interactions across different sectors, services and organisations. To bring about positive individual outcomes and positive social change, we will work with partners across the ecosystem.

ADAPTIVE
We do not know, and cannot imagine, all there is to know about every woman’s experiences and approaches to achieving the outcomes we and they seek. We are committed to continuous learning; from lived experience, new research, and new stakeholders, and will adapt our approach and thinking as we go.

FEARLESS
The social change we seek in support of women’s economic safety will require cultural changes, organisational changes, system changes and legal and policy changes. Some of the changes will be hard and there will be resistance, but we will be unflinching and persistent in our mission.

Who is behind the Centre?

REBECCA GLENN – FOUNDER

Rebecca founded the Centre for Women’s Economic Safety (CWES) in 2019 to raise awareness of economic abuse as a form of domestic and family violence and advocate for structural and systems change to support women’s financial safety. She also works in the professional services team at Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM), with a focus on economic abuse and the impact of domestic and family violence on financial wellbeing.

Rebecca developed her passion for financial wellbeing while working as a communications executive at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). In that capacity she was an Executive Committee member and Campaign Director for MoneySmart Week before being appointed founding CEO of not-for-profit organisation, Financial Literacy Australia in 2013.

Before DVSM and CWES, she worked for the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) developing its employee financial wellbeing program. As a member of CBA’s Domestic and Family Violence Working Group Rebecca worked with a range of experts to develop the Women’s Financial Wellbeing Guide and partnered with Domestic Violence NSW to produce the Addressing Financial Abuse Guide. She also led development of the bank’s first Financial Inclusion Action Plan.

She has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate service responses to women experiencing or escaping economic abuse in the UK, USA and Canada.

LIVED EXPERIENCE ADVISORY GROUP
Women with lived experience of economic abuse and associated disadvantage contribute insight and expertise to inform the work of CWES.

 

EXPERT ADVISORY GROUP
Experts include financial counsellors with expertise in family violence and economic abuse, academics in the field, lawyers working in the relevant areas of consumer and family law, and others with significant frontline experience of economic abuse and disadvantage.

CWES acknowledges these groups are not mutually exclusive.