Household Capital advocates for safety, supporting the ARE Media coercive control campaign
December 17, 2020
Household Capital is proud to partner with the ARE Media Activist Agenda campaign and a coalition of women’s groups and legal advocates, in lobbying state and territory governments to criminalise non physical domestic abuse, known as coercive control.
Coercive control is the foundational element of domestic abuse towards women in which the perpetrator uses emotional, psychological and other non-physical abuse to intimidate and control their partner. It is an inevitable lead up to physical abuse and, too often, to domestic homicide.
The campaign is spearheaded by The Australian Women’s Weekly and Marie Claire, together with 40 of Are Media’s leading brands, the coalition includes White Ribbon, Small Steps for Hannah, Women’s Safety NSW, Queensland Women’s Legal Service and journalist and author of “Look What You Made Me Do”, Jess Hill.
- Each state and territory committing to criminalising coercive control by the end of 2021.
- Putting in place a consultation period, particularly with organisations on the front line, to provide input into how the new law would operate.
- Guaranteeing the necessary resources and funding to ensure the judiciary and the police are trained and effectively able to enforce the law.
Nicky Briger, editor of Marie Claire, said over the coming months the media group would be using all its titles and its 30 million strong social network to underline the appalling way in which many women around Australia are emotionally and psychologically abused by their partners.
“Importantly our nine million readers will be left in no doubt where the federal government and each state and territory government stands on the issue. We will be holding our lawmakers to account until the law is introduced,” she said.
What is coercive control?
Coercive control is a strategic pattern of behaviours, used by abusers to establish power and control over their victim through fear and intimidation. Coercive control is not a “form” of domestic violence. It is at the core of domestic violence. The signs and behaviours of coercive control include:
- Control of partners finances i.e. providing an allowance of the partners’ own money
- Control of household services such as access to WIFI or personal social media accounts and email
- Threat to exploit private photographs of partners or ex-partners.
- Preventing partner form ending the relationship by threatening or engaging in self harm
- Confiscating or destroying partners’ mobile phone
- Alienating a partner from their friends, family and support networks.
- Threaten or actually harm their partners’ pets
- Control access to basic rights such as access to food or tightly controlling diet
- Demand partner to sleep on the floor
- Prevent partner from seeking or continuing employment or education
Household Capital retirees
Household Capital’s Head of Customer Operations Jay Sewell is committed to ensuring that the firm leads Australia’s best practice models. Drawing on his experience from the UK market which is several years in advance of Australia, Sewell is developing processes to make sure that Household Capital’s team of retirement specialists are thoroughly trained and resourced to safely support callers with their retirement finance needs.
“Household Capital is committed to taking responsible lending to the next level and genuinely looking out for the retirees who contact us, whether they become customers or not. In fact, where people are flagged as unsuitable for borrowing with us, that’s where it’s most likely that the retiree needs extra support,” says Jay Sewell, Household Capital’s Head of Customer Operations.
The retirement specialists are highly trained to look for problems from serious issues like mental capacity, gambling and coercion to problems like loneliness and the grief of bereavement. Household Capital is developing a vulnerable clients guide and referral partnerships, from gambling support to Friendline referrals for the lonely.
“Our team bring expertise, experience, intuition and kindness to every customer interaction,” says Sewell. “They might need a finance solution, but they might also need a chat. We are also true aged care specialists and highly attuned to their needs. We help them to think in terms of long term planning.”
Sewell is a global expert in the retirement home equity release market, having moved to the firm from the UK, where the home equity funding market is several years in advance of Australia. As Head of Retirement Lending at Age Partnership Sewell grew the firm to a 28 percent share of the UK’s £3 billion per annum market.
About Are Media’s Activist Agenda
Household Capital and Are Media strongly align on the importance of advocating for the members of society who do not have a voice. This is the third Activist Agenda Campaign. In 2019 Are Media’s Stop Elder Financial Abuse campaign was successful in securing government agreements on baseline minimum standards for power of attorneys and creating a mandatory national register.
Brendon Hill, CEO at Are Media said: “Our first two Activist Agenda campaigns have both driven significant legislative change for women of all ages across Australia. Now we are taking on the unacceptable practice of coercive control which is the root cause of serious injury and murder of women across the country. Over the coming six months our leading brands will help educate and inform our audiences and, together with our coalition partners, lobby State and Territory ministers to make meaningful changes and end violence towards women.”
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