Department of Human Services

Financial counselling to help women who have experienced violence plan a safer future

2020-12-28

A $150,000 funding boost will enable the Zahra Foundation to provide free and confidential financial counselling to help women who have experienced violence plan a safer future.

The financial counselling will directly address one of the biggest barriers for women leaving abusive relationships – fear of poverty and financial hardship.

The program will teach how to plan for a safe move into private rental accommodation, how to manage money during a separation, how to track expenses and set a realistic budget, and how to avoid financial abuse.

The Zahra Foundation works closely with Women’s Safety Services SA, the largest specialist domestic and family violence service in South Australia, so financial counselling can be delivered in tandem with initiatives that meet women’s immediate crisis needs, such as safety and housing.

A pilot program will run in the southern suburbs of Adelaide in early 2021 to determine the most effective way to deliver the program in four more locations in northern Adelaide, the Gawler/Barossa region, Clare and the Limestone Coast.

Women can be referred to the program through Women’s Safety Services SA.

For more informaiton about the counselling on offer, visit the Zahra Foundation website and the Womens Safety Services website.

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