16 Days in WA

We’re committed to being there for our customers in need – particularly those that are more vulnerable. As part of this, we’re passionate about supporting the State Government’s 16 Days in WA campaign.

About the campaign

The 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign is an annual State Government initiative that runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to 10 December (Human Rights Day).​

The campaign takes its inspiration from the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to drive a change in culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children.​

For 16 days, the WA community is invited to create change during the campaign – to educate, motivate and advocate in the community, and stand up to stop violence against women.​

We’re accompanying our partnership of the 16 Days in WA campaign with a range of customer, community, and colleague initiatives to help educate, inform and provide support on this critical issue affecting our state and nation.


2021 campaign

This year's 16 Days in WA theme is “active bystander", with a message of “don't be silent when you see violence", encouraging bystanders to speak up and contribute to positive change towards the safety and respect of women in our community.​

The WA Government has more information available on their website. They also have a range of handy resources to support the campaign.

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Financial abuse

Financial abuse is one of the hidden costs of family and domestic violence, where someone uses money to gain power or control another person, including a partner or family member. Financial abuse is a powerful way to trap someone in an abusive relationship and may also impact on their ability to stay safe if they decide to leave.​

Despite its prevalence, financial abuse can be difficult to recognise, so it’s important to learn the signs, where to go for help, and how to support a family member or friend who may be at risk. This can help survivors to recover and regain their financial independence.

Our Addressing Financial Abuse quick guide is designed to help recognise and identify support options when experiencing financial abuse. It may also help you to have a conversation with someone who you think might be in a financially abusive relationship.

Key statistics

We’ve conducted research to explore the current understanding of and attitudes towards financial abuse in WA. See the full report.

Almost one third

of West Australian adults have experienced or know someone who has experienced financial abuse.

Four in five

West Australians agree that financial abuse is a widespread problem in Australia.

More than one in ten

West Australians admit to having been a perpetrator of financial abuse.

Support for our customers

If you’re a Bankwest customer experiencing financial abuse, we’re here for you 24/7 – just call us on 13 17 19.

Your safety is our priority

In an emergency or if you’re not feeling safe, always call 000.​

For confidential information, counselling and support, we recommend calling 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. This is a free and confidential service that isn't part of Bankwest or the CBA Group. You can also ask for an interpreter or translator if you need one.

If someone's behaviour is worrying you, there's free and confidential support available. Call Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 or chat online at ntv.org.au.

Good Shepherd Financial Independence Hub

The Financial Independence Hub, which is supported by the CBA Group, is a free, confidential, personalised service supporting people impacted by financial abuse across Australia to build their financial independence and achieve their goals.

WA support service directory​

The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing (CWSW) works to prevent domestic, family and sexual violence against women and their children, promote women’s health and wellbeing, and advance gender equity.​

The Centre has launched a service directory of WA accredited family and domestic violence service providers.

Need more help?

You can message us in the Bankwest App or online banking, or call us – we’re here 24/7.