Economic Justice Project (founding project)

Funder: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

  • Piloting of a conversation kit and screening tool on economic abuse across London boroughs and via a national casework service
  • Development of consumer law resources to challenge coerced debt
  • Training of local debt/money advice services on economic abuse and integrating safety measures into practice

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org

Domestic and Economic Project (DEAP)

Partner: Money Advice Plus, Domestic and Economic Abuse Project (DEAP)

Funder: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

  • Free training on economic abuse and how to respond for domestic abuse services, money/debt advice services, housing associations and banks/building societies.
  • Telephone case work service for victims of domestic abuse

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org

Our work so far:

Domestic Abuse

We have trained the following domestic abuse services:

  • Havant Southern Domestic Abuse Services
  • Jewish Women’s Aid
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline
  • Wycombe Women’s Aid
  • Deaf Hope

Here’s what they said about our training:  

  • [I would also like to say] How much I enjoyed and valued the training session. I feel that I am able to support women more fully now and have an increased awareness of what to look out for and what question to ask as most survivors are unaware of economic abuse and how all pervasive and long-term it can be  
  • I really enjoyed this training – straight away I will be using the term ‘economic abuse’ within the refuge and when advocating for the women. It has raised my awareness which will filter down in my refuge work. Thanks.
  • Brilliant informative presentation and very thought provoking. Thank you 🙂

 

Housing

We have trained the following housing associations:

  • Aylesbury Housing Trust
  • Places for People

Here’s what they said about our training:

  • Fantastic – very informative and delivered well. Speakers clearly knew what they were talking about and provided valuable insight. Very happy I attended – extremely useful for my role
  • Fantastic training, very well done
  • Really great training, very knowledgeable about the subject area and the impact DA and EA has on people’s lives
  • Very informative day, thank you. Great to hear such up to date and evidence based information which I know I will be able to use to support others.

 

Local Authority

We have trained the following local authorities:

  • Harrow Local Authority

Here’s what they said about our training:

  • Very informative, wide-ranging advice. Relevant case studies, well explained. Expansion given where needed and questions answered succinctly and with clarity. Very knowledgeable facilitators
  • Very informative course delivered at a good pace
  • The training was really informative and useful

 

Financial

We have trained the following financial institutions:

  • Cabot Financial

Here’s what they said about our training:

  • Thank you both very much! It’s really opened my eyes to understanding domestic and economic abuse on another level, and really will help me identify it more clearly through all forms of media. It was brilliant
  • The training is very relevant to our industry and we will be embedding this within our internal training

National advice service for banks and building societies

Partner: Money Advice Plus – Domestic and Economic Abuse Project (DEAP)

Funder: Home Office

  • Helpline for banks and building societies seeking to implement the Financial Abuse Code of Practice
  • Training for staff working in banks and building societies to better understand and support customers
  • Resources for banks and building societies to guide their interactions with customers
  • Resources for victims of economic abuse on how they can engage with banks and buildings societies

 

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org or on 07554 179 556

Police training

Partner: SafeLives

Funder: Home Office

  • Development and delivery of training on economic abuse to DA Matters Champions
  • Development of online training package
  • Incorporation of economic abuse into the broader DA Matters curriculum 

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org

Everyone’s Business Project

Partners: Hestia, Corporate Alliance, Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse, Woman’s Trust, Cardiff Women’s Aid, TecSOS, Bulbshare.

Funder: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

  • To create an overall change in how employers think about and approach domestic abuse.
  • To engage employers throughout the United Kingdom by starting and continuing the conversation about domestic abuse.
  • To provide employers with the tools they need to strengthen the response and support available to employees experiencing and perpetrating abuse.
  • To increase the efforts to prevent domestic abuse by raising awareness in the workplace and creating staff champions.
  • To work with employers to actively think about their domestic abuse policies and procedures; working closely with HR, line managers, and EAPs.

Contact: [email protected]

Financial Capability Project

Partners: Gentoo

Funder: Home Office

  • Development and pilot of financial capability training for frontline workers to support individuals who are experiencing economic abuse.

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org

Whole Housing Partnership Project

Partners: Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance, Safer London, Cambridgeshire Council and tri-borough (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster)

Funder: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Piloting of the ‘whole housing’ approach across London, Cambridgeshire and a site in the North of England.
  • Development of knowledge and practice in responding to domestic abuse for housing professionals in the private rented, privately owned and social rent sectors.

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org

SEA offers bespoke training on economic abuse. Please get in touch if you would like us to delver training for you.

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org

 

SEA also offers expert advice on economic abuse via consultancy.

Contact: [email protected]survivingeconomicabuse.org

 

Example projects:

Economic Abuse Project

RISE has been awarded a 12 month contract for an economic abuse lead from the Police and Crime Commissioner. The project is receiving consultancy support from Surviving Economic Abuse and the Domestic Abuse Money and Education Project (DAME). The economic abuse lead provides specialist information, advice and support for women and children, via one-to-one and/or group interventions who have been identified as experiencing economic abuse.

SEA’s work with banks

Since 2017 Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) has been supported by the Home Office to collaborate with major national and international banks and banking institutes to raise awareness of economic abuse and build their capacity to respond.

Economic abuse involves behaviours that interfere with a person’s ability to acquire, use and maintain economic resources such as money, transportation and somewhere to stay. It is both controlling and coercive. SEA is the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of economic abuse and transforming responses to it.

As acknowledged experts, SEA advised on the creation of the first UK Finance voluntary ‘Financial Abuse Code of Practice’, launched in October 2018 to help banks and building societies respond to economic abuse in a way that is ethical and survivor focused.

SEA advocates for and supports the development of new banking approaches to economic abuse, working with them to review their existing systems, policies and procedures in order to address and remove barriers to economic safety. Expert analysis of existing banking frameworks through the lens of economic abuse survivors has enabled SEA to provide banks with the potential to be preventative in their approaches to vulnerable customers and to hold abusers accountable for their behaviour.

At the conference ‘Banking on Change’ in December 2018, SEA created a space where representatives from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), UK Finance, Money Advice Plus, banks, building societies and women’s charities came together to discuss best practice in the financial sector. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear about the innovative response to economic abuse adopted by National Australia Bank.

To encourage banks to be ambitious in implementing UK Finance’s new voluntary code of practice over the following year, SEA announced a Best Practice Award to recognise the efforts of the industry with the winner to be announced at the beginning of 2020. Paul Lewis announced the award and led the judging panel.

The 2019 SEA Best Practice Award for Banks and Building Societies

When UK Finance, with the support of the Building Societies Association, launched the first UK Financial Abuse Code of Practice in October 2018, it set the baseline guiding how banks and building societies should respond to economic abuse. The new Code focuses on six key areas: raising awareness and encouraging disclosure; training of colleagues; identification and appropriate response; minimising the need to repeat the story in one organisation; help to regain control of finances; signposting and referral.

Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) believes that financial institutions can and should build on this baseline and set their ambitions high.

For this reason, SEA wanted to recognise the banking teams that are changing expectations, creating memorable customer impact by driving positive financial and emotional outcomes for survivors of economic abuse from everyday interactions to critical situations. This award focuses on banks that are winning customers and earning loyalty by taking action that is outside their normal procedure in financial moments that matter.