Transforming responses to economic abuse

One in six women in the UK has experienced economic abuse by a current or former partner. Economic abuse rarely happens in isolation; it normally happens alongside other forms of domestic abuse.

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Post-separation abuse and the law

On 5 April 2023, controlling or coercive behaviour that takes place after a relationship has ended became a criminal offence in England and Wales. SEA led the call for this change to the law.

What is economic abuse?

Economic abuse is a legally recognised form of domestic abuse. It often takes place in the context of intimate partner violence. It involves the control of a partner or ex-partner’s money, finances and things that money can buy, such as clothing, transport, food and a place to live.

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The effects of economic abuse can last a lifetime, with some women never free of the abuser’s control. Your support can help us to save lives and stop economic abuse forever.


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