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Domestic violence also has an economic penalty we need to tackle it

Jane Bullen and Natash Cortis write in The Conversation (29.11.16) about the economic impacts upon women and families of domestic violence.

'While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised.

'Our research provides evidence for what many domestic violence practitioners have observed for decades: violence and financial abuse contribute to extreme levels of financial hardship and risks of poverty.

'These economic effects resonate throughout women’s lives and across generations. Governments, businesses, non-government organisations and others can do much more to prevent and tackle them.'

 

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