Economic abuse



  • Judicial College of Victoria, Family Violence Bench Book (2014).
    The Victorian Bench Book identifies economic abuse as a behaviour of family violence in 5.2.1 – Economic abuse. Also see: 1.1 - Economic abuse defining economic abuse in terms of coercion and control, and list a range of examples of this form of behaviour.


  • Department of Justice (WA), Equal Justice Bench Book (2nd edition September 2017).

    Note: Chapter 13 Family and Domestic Violence is currently under review. Until revision is completed, the first edition chapter 13 applies. The following text is based on the first edition chapter.

    This Bench Book notes economic abuse is an identified tactic used by the perpetrator to control the victim: see ‘Power and Control Wheel (at [13.2.3]). It also notes the definition of domestic violence used by the Department of Communities which includes: ‘economic abuse — one person taking total control of the family income so that the victim is allowed either no money or money only for household expenses and not for personal use’ (at [13.2]).


  • Neilson, Linda C, Domestic Violence Electronic Bench Book (National Judicial Institute, 2017).
    Economic and financial abuse is referred to throughout this Bench Book. The interconnection of financial abuse with other behaviours is noted in Section, while the act of perpetrators refusing to honour financial and cost obligations is discussed at length in Section 7.4.5. For instance, ‘[v]iolators avoid compliance with financial obligations as a means to continue to control and harass. Yet financial abuse is as much abuse of any dependent child as it is abuse of the targeted parent … Timely payment of support and marital property obligations is important to the economic security and to the well being of children. It can help to prevent pressure, as a result of lack of resources, to return to violent homes. Support and property division orders become critically important when custodial parents are in the process of immigrating, since economic self-sufficiency can be an important factor in allowing such persons to remain in Canada’. A number of responses to violators who engage in this form of abuse are also identified in this section. See also, the section on control of finances under Litigation Tactics in Supplementary Reference 3.