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Federal Financial Abuse Strategy Needed to Prevent Domestic Violence: Report – National


A parliamentary report recommends that the government develop a comprehensive strategy to address financial and economic abuse as a means of preventing intimate partner violence.

The recent report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women on the fight against domestic and family violence makes 28 recommendations to the federal government.

The report indicates that women tend to face disproportionate levels of economic insecurity compared to men, and that financial barriers are one of the main factors preventing women from escaping situations of intimate partner and family violence, which are more likely to be perpetrated by men.

“Furthermore, financial abuse can result in women becoming economically dependent on their abuser,” the report states, noting that many witnesses said that financial constraints and economic instability were the main factors preventing abuse. women, especially those with children and older women, to leave abusive situations.


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According to the Canadian Center for the Empowerment of Women, economic abuse can involve being denied access to bank accounts, decision-making rights over finances, or having very limited choices when it comes to shopping.

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According to a 2021 report from the center, 80% of abuse survivors surveyed in the National Capital Region said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, their current partner or ex-partner had displayed more controlling and coercive behaviors related to their finances and economic stability.

Recommendations from the Parliamentary Report to the government include revising current legislation and policies to better recognize economic exploitation as a form of domestic violence, including under the federal Divorce Act, the civil marriage and the Criminal Code.

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The report also recommended that the government encourage trauma-informed policies that better protect survivors in key sectors, such as banks and utility companies, in partnership with provinces and territories.

The Australian banking industry created guidelines to prevent and respond to financial abuse in 2014 and the UK banking industry launched its code of conduct in 2018.

The Women’s Empowerment Center report indicates that financial institutions are seen as the least helpful of all service providers by survivors, especially when it comes to protecting their safety, privacy and security. .

The office of Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, was not immediately available for comment.

© 2022 The Canadian Press




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