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New films and kit shine a light on financially abusive conversations

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A new series of six short films and ‘conversation kit’ aimed at preventing financial abuse are being launched today by CUA and WIRE.

With nearly two million Australians* estimated to experience financial abuse during their lifetimes, the films and kit guide people through difficult but all too common financial conversations, such as discussing rent with a controlling partner, or negotiating a fair split of superannuation during parental leave.

“Money deeply influences how many choices we have in life and is part of the fabric of our relationships,” said Katharine Hopper, Community Manager at CUA.

“With these videos and the conversation kit, WIRE and CUA are hoping to ‘show and tell’ what a relationship conversation could look like when talking about money.”

WIRE Project Lead, Dr Paola Bilbrough says financial abuse can take many forms, but the key to addressing this abuse is to start from a position of respect.

“Respectful conversations about money can empower us to take control of our finances and work towards our goals. When we avoid talking about financial decisions, we risk misunderstandings and relationship breakdowns.

“These videos and kit seek to change the nature of the conversations, and empower people in their conversations about money.”

CUA’s collaboration with WIRE forms part of the commitments CUA has made in its Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP), which was launched in 2020.

The films feature seasoned stars such as Babs McMillan as well as younger actors such as Harlene Hercules, Zach Kazepis and Akosia Sabet.

About WIRE

WIRE provides free support, information and referral to Victorian women, nonbinary and gender diverse people on any issue.

WIRE advocates for gender equity, delivers training and programs, and undertakes projects on issues such as family violence and financial capability.

WIRE372 Spencer Street, West Melbourne 3003 | (03) 8326 7100 WIRE


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About CUA

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