New NZ research reveals the nastiness of economic abuse

Long Lunch 13/11/2018

We all know (sadly) about physical and emotional abuse, we may have even experienced it ourselves or know someone who has. But have you heard about economic abuse?

It’s usually a hidden thing in our society; it could be going on right under our noses without even seeing it.

It controls the freedom of women and children in some relationship/family environments and its effects can be wide reaching and often very harmful.

Lynda Hallinan from RadioLIVE’s Long Lunch talks with Nicola Eccleton, The Good Shepherd NZ Social Inclusion Manager, about some new research they’ve conducted to help shine a light on this silent, but widespread issue affecting thousands of kiwi women and children.

So what is economic abuse? Eccleton describes it as an abuse in and of itself that controls women and children where they are forced to rely on the male of the house for income. It can prevent people from earning their own income and even trying to escape from these abusive relationships as they have no financial resources to get out.

The new research released by The Good Shepherd, found that in some cases, the abuse was so nasty and manipulative – that some partners were even going to the lengths of burning their dependant’s work clothes or slashing their car tyres to prevent them from getting to their place of work.

It also found purposeful manipulation of processes and systems when the dependant didn’t have financial resources to help them through it, e.g. court processes. Making these situations more drawn out and more painful for all involved.

The research also found that we as a community, and support systems lacked knowledge about how to best support these victims.

Listen to the full interview with Nicola Eccleton above.

The Long Lunch with Lynda Hallinan, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.