Transforming responses
to economic abuse.

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.

What is economic abuse?

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.

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Surviving Economic Abuse

Many women experience economic abuse within the context of intimate partner violence. It limits their choices and ability to access safety.

Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) is the only UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming responses to economic abuse.

We are determined that women are supported to survive and thrive.

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One in five UK adults has experienced economic abuse by a current or former partner.*

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