Who is behind the Centre?


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.

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

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.