Project: Penda app for women
The project has developed an app ‘Penda’ giving immediate practical information and tips on financial issues to women suffering domestic violence or financial abuse.
Financial security is a key step to ensuring a woman’s long term safety from violence and decreasing the likelihood of a woman returning to an abusive relationship. The earlier women get information about improving their financial security, the better the likely outcome.
Women facing domestic violence often leave home with only their phone, so an app is a practical tool. It help women protect their assets from ongoing financial abuse and rebuild their financial lives after violence.
The app gives tips on practical issues – getting your own bank account, knowing where you stand with debt, where to get help, what documents should you get a copy. The app give simple step-by-step actions with immediate and practical benefit.
The app ensures safety is always a priority.
Financial Rights Legal Centre (NSW) is a project partner. Credit Union Australia is funding a promotion campaign. The evaluation partner is Ithaca Group.
The Penda app is available on Google Play and the Apple app store.
Project evaluation report available here.