Ep.1: What is Financial Abuse and How Can We Stop It?
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Ep.1: What is Financial Abuse and How Can We Stop It?

Kellie Amos

Kellie Amos

26/03/2021 • 1 minute read

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Nationally, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 14 men were victims of economic abuse. For millennials alone, nearly 70% of women reportedly have experienced financial abuse by a romantic partner. So, why aren’t we hearing more about this and what can we do to help young people (specifically women) who are tackling this issue? The Oiyo team sits down with Dr Jozica Kutin, Economics, Finance and Marketing Researcher, and Mariam Mohammed, Co-Founder of MoneyGirl, to bring you some answers.

Credits: This episode has been produced by Kellie Amos with help from Suzi O’Shea. Edited by Ben Fowler, graphics by Gabriel Mendoza.


  • Associated Press. (2019). ‘Like falling down a rabbit hole’: How to escape financial abuse. The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Kutin, J., Russell, R., & Reid, M. (2017). Economic abuse between intimate partners in Australia: prevalence, health status, disability and financial stress. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(3), 269-274. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12651.
  • Kutin, J. (2019). Exploring how economic abuse manifests in young adult relationships. Available at: https://researchrepository.rmit.edu.au/discovery/delivery?vid=61RMIT_INST:ResearchRepository&repId=12248221480001341#13248404700001341
  • Kutin, J., Reid, M., & Russell, R. (2019). Special WSMC edition paper: What is this thing called money? Economic abuse in young adult relationships. Journal of Social Marketing, 9(1), 111-128. doi: 10.1108/JSOCM-03-2018-0028
  • Taylor, P. (2020). ‘He saved $850,000.’ The insidious, invisible type of abuse Australia isn’t talking about. https://www.mamamia.com.au/financial-abuse-personal-story/

About our guests

Dr Jozica Kutin

Dr Kutin has a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology (Monash) and PhD in Finance. She is currently a senior researcher at RMIT University and the Victoria Law Foundation as well as a lecturer at RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing in Melbourne.

She has done extensive research into economic abuse in young adult relationships, development of relationship-based financial capabilities and financial wellbeing.

Connect with Dr Kutin on Twitter.

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Mariam Mohammed

Mariam Mohammed is the co-founder of MoneyGirl, a social enterprise and financial education program focused on making finance more accessible to young Australian women.

In 2019, the Australian Financial Review recognised Mariam’s work in the 100 Women of Influence list. She was also named Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians that same year.

Connect with Mariam on Twitter and Instagram.

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Kellie Amos

Written by Kellie Amos

Kellie Amos is a contributing writer for Oiyo. She has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Creative & Professional Writing from the Queensland University of Technology. Kellie has previously produced content for a range of finance companies, entertainment publications, and fintechs.

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