In 2023, the theme for International Economic Abuse Awareness Day is Counting the Cost. The theme has been selected to raise awareness of the long-lasting and compounding costs of economic abuse on survivors, and was chosen by the six organising countries, Canada, England, Israel, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Economic Abuse Awareness Day began in Canada in 2019 when the Canadian Centre for Women’s Empowerment (CCFWE) called for greater recognition of the issue. In 2021, Australia joined the campaign along with CCFWE, Surviving Economic Abuse (UK) and Good Shepherd (NZ) to mobilise resources nationally and internationally in recognition of economic abuse.
The Centre for Women’s Economic Safety (CWES) coordinates resources annually in Australia and invites other organisations and individuals to get behind the effort to improve recognition of, and responses to, domestic economic abuse.
In the lead up to 26 November, CWES will produce a toolkit for organisations to draw from in support of the awareness campaign.
If you would like to get involved or learn more, please register now.