The real cost of economic abuse: a discussion at the Conservative Party conference

Earlier this week SEA had the honour of being invited to speak on the panel of a fringe event hosted by Women’s Aid at the Conservative Party conference. Our Director, Nicola, joined Victoria Atkins MP; Woman’s Aid CEO, Katie Ghose; Claire Cohen, Women’s Editor and Associate Features Editor at the Telegraph along with an Expert by Experience Group member to discuss how the Government’s new domestic abuse bill could be truly transformative.

Victoria Atkins showed her overwhelming support for the charity stating,”I’m delighted that Nicola’s charity is forging ahead with research in this. It’s very much supported by the Home Office and we’re investing money – not just in the charity, Surviving Economic Abuse – but also in the Domestic and Economic Abuse Project (DEAP) and also in the Economic Justice Project because we very much want economic abuse to be recognised as part of coercive and controlling behaviour.”

A huge thank you to Woman’s Aid for inviting us to speak at the event and for making it a priority for discussion. Thank you also to our EEG member for sharing her story.

As Nicola concluded: “naming economic abuse in policy and legislation is a game-changer… there is still a long way to go, but together I believe we’ve made a strong start.”