Many women experience economic abuse within the context of intimate partner violence. It limits their choices and ability to access safety. SEA’s vision is a world in which all women and girls achieve economic equality and can live their lives free of abuse and exploitation.
Responses to economic abuse are at an early stage of development in the UK. It is vital that we better understand and address this issue because economic stability is linked to physical safety. Women who experience economic abuse are five times more likely to experience physical abuse than those who don’t. Moreover, when women experience economic abuse in the context of coercive control, they are at increased risk of homicide.
Abusers exploit women’s existing economic inequality or create economic instability to reduce their partner’s ability to resist control. Women who can’t find £100 at short notice are 3.5 times more likely to experience economic abuse. Without access to the economic resources required to leave and live independently, victims stay with abusers for longer and experience more harm as a result.
The work of SEA is informed by Experts by Experience — a group of women who speak openly and honestly about what they have gone through so that they can be a force for change.
Our specialist team is made up of experts who can provide support to frontline professionals in relation to complex cases linked to banking/financial services, debt, benefits and housing.
Our policy and research team ensures that victim-survivors’ voices and experiences are captured and shared with policy and decision makers in industry and government.
Our awareness and education team develops resources to help victim-survivors and inform the public and professionals about economic abuse. They also engage with the media on survivors’ stories, policy changes and more.
Our impact and partnerships team evaluates what interventions are effective to address economic abuse and who we need to work with to make change happen.
Watch our multiple award-winning film developed by creative communications agency, Media Zoo, that highlights the lived experience of this devastating but largely invisible form of abuse.
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