Forcing or coercing someone into debt is a common form of economic abuse.
If you are experiencing economic abuse and have been coerced into debt, we have information that may help you.
SEA runs the Financial Support Line and Casework Service with Money Advice Plus. It is a tailored service giving financial advice specifically to victim-survivors of domestic abuse.
Data from the Financial Support Line and Casework service found that, in 2022:
Of the clients supported by the Financial Support Line and Casework Service in 2022:
Research by Refuge into economic abuse among victim-survivors of domestic abuse found that 38% had to borrow from friends and family.6
Refuge’s research with victim-survivors of domestic abuse with coerced debt found that:
1 Sharp-Jeffs, N. (2015). Money Matters. Research into the extent and nature of financial abuse within intimate relationships in the UK. Refuge and Cooperative Bank. 2015.
2 Refuge. Know Economic Abuse. 2020.
3 Surviving Economic Abuse. Recognising and responding to the scale of coerced debt: Final evaluation of the Economic Justice Project. 2020.
4 Surviving Economic Abuse. The Cost of Covid-19. 2021.
5 Surviving Economic Abuse and Money Advice Plus. Financial Support Line and Casework Service data. 2022.
6 Refuge. Know Economic Abuse. 2020.
Last updated March 2023
If you are experiencing economic abuse, you are not alone. We have more information that can support you to take steps towards safety and begin to regain control of your finances.
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