It was a year like no other. As the challenges of the global pandemic continued, so did the urgent need for our work. Lockdown measures created a conducive context in which abusers could exercise economic control.
With increased need came increased emergency funding for our cause. Our income doubled, allowing us to grow our team and infrastructure, and take on new projects in our mission to raise awareness of economic abuse and transform responses to it.
We work through four strategic priorities to create change and made huge progress in each area this year.
In 2020-21, we cemented our position as the UK’s leading voice on economic abuse. We reached millions with information about this form of control.
We provided more support to the frontline professionals working with victim-survivors of economic abuse, and to financial services, than ever before.
This year, we have piloted new initiatives, including the Economic Abuse Evidence Form, to create change at scale, allowing more victim-survivors to access economic justice.
We achieved major success in influencing the Domestic Abuse Bill successfully calling for the legislation to recognise post-separation abuse.
Working alongside victim-survivors is critical. Their courage in relaying stories of economic abuse is fundamental to raising awareness and influencing policy. In 2020-21, members of the Experts by Experience Group spoke on live television and radio, had their stories recounted in the Houses of Parliament, participated in panel discussions, recorded podcasts and consulted on policy.
During 24 years of marriage, Layla’s husband was controlling and coercive, both economically and emotionally. He would use threats and physical intimidation to pressure her into transferring money into his bank account, to let him use her credit card, and to sign over the equity in their home. The post-separation amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill that SEA successfully campaigned for could change the lives of Layla and others in her position.
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