Exploring Economic Abuse in New Zealand: A cross-sectoral forum - Auckland - 14 Sep 2017

When: Thursday 14 September 2017, 9.30-11.30am.

Where: Room WF714, WF Building, AUT, Gate 3, 55 Wellesley Street, Auckland.

Organised by Good Shepherd New Zealand.

Presenter: Sandy Milne

Free. Please RSVP to nicola.eccleton@goodshep.org.nz by 6 September 2017. Numbers are limited.

Good Shepherd New Zealand would like to invite you to a forum to discuss economic abuse as a form of family violence in New Zealand. 

Good Shepherd New Zealand works locally with a number of key partners to assist people who face challenges brought about by social and economic exclusion, isolation, violence in the home and financial security.

While economic abuse is recognised in legislation, little is known about the policy and practice responses to economic abuse in New Zealand. To this end, Good Shepherd New Zealand is undertaking a research project about this issue to help shape a way forward for better responses to economic abuse in New Zealand.    The forum will include people working in social services, law and government agencies, and its aim is to understand:

  • What is the level of understanding of economic abuse as a form of family violence?
  • What are the relevant service and policy responses?
  • Where are there (if any) gaps within this context?
  • How can these gaps in services and policy responses be resolved?
  •  What are the training and development implications if we are to shift focus to this issue?

Findings from this forum will be published as a part of a final project report.


The forum will be led by Sandy Milne, from the Women's Research and Policy Centre, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (WRAP), based in Melbourne.   Sandy Milne is both the National Manager, Financial Security Services and Financial Security specialist in the WRAP team at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand. She has worked in government and community sectors for over 30 years, in contract management, service delivery, policy, workforce capacity building and service quality settings.  She has a BA in Human Services and an MA in Social Policy and Research.

RSVP by 6 September 2017