Your Toolkit is an invaluable online resource aimed at helping women and their families facing financial abuse or other forms of abuse to become empowered through increased skills and knowledge. Your Toolkit provides information and support on a range of issues from preparing a safety plan, accessing government support payments and emergency accommodation to finding more permanent accommodation, financial support, and legal services.
It is estimated approximately 15% of Australian women have experienced financial abuse. Your Toolkit aims to provide women the necessary support to achieve financial freedom so they can provide a safe and secure environment for themselves and their families.
Your Toolkit guides women through the four steps to financial freedom:
- Prepare: for financial independence and protecting women whether they stay or leave an abusive relationship.
- Launch: strategies for leaving an abusive relationship and keeping women and their families safe.
- Nourish: protecting women and their finances and where they can go for help.
- Flourish: achieving long term financial independence and security, including help on how to budget, save and manage debts.
Your Toolkit does not provide direct support to women, but provides them details, links and phone numbers to key services and organisations as well as general information. It also provides information about a number of family violence support services.
Lisa Guagliardo I Lawyer