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It's robbing Peta to pay Peta, but still worthwhile

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Show me a situation of domestic violence, and more often than not I’ll show you a case of financial abuse.

Domestic violence is essentially about power and control and that dynamic usually extends to money as well.

Whether the couple is wealthy or poor, the abusive partner is usually the one with the keys to the kingdom.

Domestic violence is a gendered problem.

And while neither gender has a monopoly on bad behaviour, let’s be clear that domestic violence is a gendered problem. Ask anyone working at the coalface and they’ll tell you the perpetrators are mostly men and their victims overwhelmingly women and children.

Among women over the age of 15, more than one in six (17 per cent) have experienced violence from a current or former partner – equivalent to 1.6 million Australian women.

So there is plenty of merit in the proposal to let survivors of domestic violence get early access to their superannuation in the Women’s Economic Security Statement, announced by the Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer.

There are also flaws.

First the........

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