A guide to understanding and overcoming economic abuse

Posted by: Sharon MacPherson on August 24 2021 | Tagged:

Current statistics show that 1 in 5 adults in the UK has experienced economic abuse from a current or former partner.

“Domestic abuse takes many forms. Abusers may restrict, exploit and sabotage their partner’s access to money and other resources, such as food, clothing, transportation and a place to live. This is economic abuse, and it is designed to limit someone’s freedom.” - Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)

The first step to overcoming economic abuse is to understand what it is and how it manifests.

Survivors have said-
“He threw my phone on the floor and smashed it.”
“There were loans in my name that I knew nothing about.”
“He used our joint account for his own expenses.”

What is economic abuse?

Economic abuse can take many forms, from limiting your working hours and taking your pay to not letting you claim benefits or taking your children’s birthday money.

Am I experiencing economic abuse?

Click on the link here to find out if you are experiencing economic abuse:  https://guide.survivingeconomicabuse.org/

If you have experienced or are experiencing economic abuse, you are not alone. There are people and organisations that can help you.  

What help is available to me?

Click here to see the 'Tools to Thrive' which may support you to identify economic abuse and the next steps that you might take: https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/i-need-help/

Economic abuse is often a part of a pattern of behaviour called coercive control. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999. If you are not in immediate danger but are concerned about your safety, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247- a confidential, 24-hour service.