Each organisation selected to be an Innovation Partner will be mentored by a senior leader from the bank who will provide support and ongoing expertise over the next 12 months to help the organisations deliver impact through their programs of work.
CBA Group Executive, Human Resources, Sian Lewis said: “CommBank’s Next Chapter Innovation program allows us to bring our experience in incubating and delivering innovation to provide practical support and accelerate action for these community organisations and the great work they are doing to address financial abuse, in the context of domestic and family violence.
“We are proud to share our resources with not-for-profit organisations which may not otherwise be available to them. By offering support, mentoring and by bringing together a think tank we can help bring to life projects that will make a big difference to the lives of so many” Ms Lewis said.
The five Next Chapter Innovation Partners are:
- YFS LTD - provides a range of services to people in Logan and Scenic Rim. YFS Ltd will develop and trial practical ways to help raise awareness about technology-facilitated abuse through hosting ‘bring your device’ sessions and capacity building sessions for stakeholders, as well as security upgrades and technology sweeps for those impact by domestic violence and financial abuse.
- Indian (Sub-Cont) Crisis and Support Agency (ICSA) – is dedicated to the needs of vulnerable South Asian communities. Informed by research, ICSA will focus on the issue of dowry abuse and develop a comprehensive set of guidelines and deliver sessions about this issue tailored to the community, legal, domestic violence sector and frontline workers.
- EACH – a for-purpose organisation delivering health and support services that improve lives and strengthen communities. EACH will commission a report to inform the development of a national ‘domestic and family violence in small business’ resolution service.
- Afghan Women on the Move - supports Afghan and other multicultural women in Australia, helping them build physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially healthy, independent lives. Afghan Women on the Move seeks to address the nuanced challenges of domestic violence and financial abuse within the multicultural community by providing language-targeted content and therapeutic art workshops.
- Illawarra Women’s Health Centre - provides free or low-cost and affordable medical, allied and complementary health care as well as health and well-being programs, groups and education to improve women’s health. Through the Illawarra Women’s Recovery Centre, opening in 2024, it will co-design a Pathways to Financial Security Framework to define what financial security means from a lived experience perspective after experiencing domestic and financial abuse, and what steps are needed to establish and build long-term financial security
Lula Dembele, Director Lived Expertise & Advocacy, Illawarra Women's Health Centre said “We are thrilled to be partnering with CBA through Next Chapter Innovation to help create a way forward for women to re-establish financial security following financial abuse. Too many women remain trapped in abusive relationships or face poverty after experiencing economic abuse and each have different challenges to rebuild their lives. Through our Pathways to Financial Security project we will work with women and partners to understand what support they need and how to access it.”
Next Chapter Innovation, announced in July 2023 offered eligible not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations:
- access to grants of $50,000, $100,000 or $200,000
- dedicated executive support and mentoring from CommBank
- access to a think tank to leverage corporate expertise
For further details on CommBank Next Chapter, visit: commbank.com.au/nextchapter
Anyone worried about their finances because of domestic or family violence or coercive control can contact the Next Chapter Team on 1800 222 387 for support – no matter who they bank with.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.
In an emergency or if you’re not feeling safe, always call 000.