FOR WOMEN

If you have experienced domestic violence, the following resources may help you access income. They may also assist you in achieving justice if you have experienced economic abuse. For more holistic support, contact a specialist domestic violence service.

My Money, My Life

Refuge has produced a financial guide as a support resource for women who have experienced financial abuse.

Domestic Violence Easement

If you claim Job Seekers Allowance/Universal Credit you can be exempt from meeting certain conditions if you have been subject to domestic violence in the last 6 months.

Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement

Universal Credit payments can be divided between partners in exceptional circumstances, including where there is domestic violence/financial abuse.

Destitute Domestic Violence Concession

You can apply to claim benefits for up to 3 months if you are in the UK on a temporary visa as a partner and your relationship has broken down because of domestic violence.

Grants for individuals

The Smallwood Trust provides grants to individuals, helping them to overcome financial adversity and to improve their social and emotional well-being.

How do I approach my bank/building society?

Coming soon: in the interim please contact SEA

A guide to criminal injuries compensation

Rights of Women has designed a legal guide to provide information about criminal injuries compensation, who can apply for it and how.

Is economic abuse a criminal offence?

Coming soon: in the interim please contact SEA

What does economic abuse look like as a form of coercive and controlling behaviour?

Coming soon: in the interim please contact SEA

FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES

The following resources may be useful if you are working with victim-survivors who are/have experienced economic abuse. You may also want to refer to the resources for women section.

The Economic Abuse Wheel

The Economic Abuse Wheel (Sharp, 2008) can be used to illustrate how economic abuse reinforces power and control.

Guidance for Professionals Supporting Survivors with Financial Issues

This guidance was developed out of the Domestic Abuse, Money and Education project (DAME) undertaken by Women’s Aid Federation of England and Money Advice Plus Services (MAPS).

What does economic abuse look like as a form of coercive and controlling behaviour?

Coming soon: in the interim please contact SEA

Working with banks to address economic abuse

Coming soon: in the interim please contact SEA

FOR EMPLOYERS

The following resources may be useful if you are working with customers who are experiencing/have experienced domestic violence, including economic abuse. Contact SEA for expert knowledge and to access the building capacity service.

Domestic Violence Resource Manual for Employers

Refuge and Respect have developed a domestic violence resource manual for employers.

The Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence

The Corporate Alliance works with employers to lessen the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse

A network of more than 170 companies and public sector organisations who have come together, to exchange information about best practice, and to encourage, promote and develop action to address domestic abuse.

FOR HOUSING PROVIDERS

The following resources may be useful if you are a housing provider and one of your tenants is experiencing domestic violence.

The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

DAHA provides training, support and education to housing providers on responding to those affected by domestic violence.

FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

The following resources may be useful if you are working with customers who are experiencing/have experienced domestic violence, including economic abuse. Contact SEA for expert knowledge and to access the building capacity service.

A framework to help banks, other creditors and advice providers challenge financial abuse

This framework outlines how firms and charities can work together to improve how they respond to some of the problems faced by women experiencing domestic violence.

Industry backing for Code of Practice on Financial Abuse

The British Banker’s Association has agreed to explore the introduction of a Code of Practice, which banks will use when supporting customers subject to financial abuse, with the intention of it being introduced in 2017.