What is economic abuse?

Economic abuse is when someone interferes (through control, exploitation or sabotage) with their partner’s ability to acquire, use and/or maintain economic resources. Economic resources include: money, housing, transportation, utilities such as heating or items such as food or clothing.

It reinforces or creates economic instability. In this way it limits women’s choices and ability to access safety. Lack of access to economic resources can result in women staying with an abusive partner for longer than they would like and experiencing more harm as a result.

Economic stability is therefore linked to physical safety.


If you think you are experiencing economic abuse then help is available. Contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge on 0808 2000 247 or the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327. If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

You can also visit our resources page to learn about what economic abuse looks like and to access useful tools that will help you both survive and thrive.

If you are a professional supporting a victim/survivor then you can also access our resources page for further information.

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