Financial Abuse


What is financial abuse?

Financial abuse occurs when another person manipulates your decision-making or controls your access to money or other property to gain self-advantage to the detriment of the vulnerable person. 

What are the different forms of financial abuse?

Financial abuse comes in various forms, including, but not limited to, Elder Abuse and Domestic Abuse.

Elder Abuse

The World Health Organisation defines elder abuse as: “A single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.”

This crime may not always be committed by a stranger, but by a person or people who are trusted by the older person. As such, instances of elder financial abuse can be difficult to talk about and are often unreported because victims are too frail or ashamed to report the fraud.

There are various signs of Elder Abuse including:

Why does elder financial abuse occur?


Domestic Abuse

Domestic financial abuse may occur when a person uses the money to gain power and control over their partner. This may happen via various methods including:

How can you protect yourself or a loved one?

We are here to help

If you are in danger, please call 000 immediately. It’s common for people to feel embarrassed and overwhelmed when talking about financial abuse. It’s important to learn the signs of financial abuse, where to go for help, and how to support a family member or friend who may be at risk. This can help victims recover and regain their financial independence. 

If you or someone you know is impacted by financial abuse, you can submit a confidential request to our friendly staff who are there to assist, support and guide you as best they can. You can contact our friendly staff by:

For further support, you can contact any of the following hotline services.

Help for families affected by relationship or separation issues Family Relationship Advice Line
1800 050 321
8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm, Saturday
Crisis support

13 11 14
24 hours
Crisis Support Chat

Family violence, abuse and sexual assault counselling
1800 737 732
24 hours
Family counselling, mediation and dispute resolution services
1300 364 277
Elder abuse victim support
1800 ELDERHelp 
1800 353 374
Note: this number redirects you to the phone line in your state or territory.
Operating hours and services vary.
State and territory elder abuse victim resource centres
1800 200 422
8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
10am to 2pm, Saturday