Major Papers


gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, financial literacy, public policy, social policy


In more recent years, many governments worldwide at their different levels have started to recognize intimate partner violence (IPV) as an epidemic and serious matter of public health and safety. Despite this, there is still a level of work to be done to provide women who experience intimate partner violence with the appropriate tools to successfully remove themselves from their abusive environments. This study will look specifically at IPV where economic and financial abuse may be involved and the relationship it has to financial literacy. Economic abuse can be perpetrated through various methods that aim to deprive victims of financial independence, keeping them reliant on their abusers for financial stability. Social policies at the provincial level that aim to implement financial literacy programs is one area that may provide women’s shelters and organizations with adequate resources for women experiencing IPV and economic abuse. In the literature review, the topic of social policy, financial abuse and financial literacy, and intimate partner violence will be explored to provide an outline of the problem. An exploration of an Australian study reveals the benefits and setbacks with applying these curriculums at women’s shelters and within social work. This research and area of social policy proves itself valuable as a model for Canadian governments, primarily provincial jurisdictions, to draw from to develop strong tools in the battle against intimate partner violence.

Primary Advisor

Rebecca Major

Program Reader

Cheryl Collier

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

Document Type

Internship Paper

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