Economic abuse rarely happens in isolation; it normally happens alongside other forms of domestic abuse. If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999. For support around domestic abuse (emotional, physical or sexual) you can call specialist helplines or contact local services.Join the conversation #endeconomicabuse
Economic abuse can be difficult to identify. It can develop slowly and could begin with behaviour that at first seems protective or caring, for example, offering to take care of all the finances or encouraging you not to work so that you can look after the children.
Over-spending, and building up debts in your name or joint names, can also develop slowly and may not be obvious at first. Some women may have lived with economic abuse for many years, and it can continue after leaving.Learn more
Many women experience economic abuse within the context of intimate partner violence, seriously limiting their choices and ability to access safety.
Whilst it is difficult to spot, it’s even more difficult to talk about, over a third of victims don't tell anyone about economic abuse, but those who do are most likely to confide in family and friends.*
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