Economic abuse and maternity for employers

SEA has developed a training module and accompanying resource for employers to enable them to support their employees, through the lens of economic abuse, when they are pregnant, about to go on maternity leave, are on maternity leave, and return to work.   

The training will raise awareness of the increased risk of economic abuse during these times in a woman’s life, the types of conversations employers and HR will need to have with employees, health and safety in the wider context, and how to develop good practice. It will build upon the findings of SEA’s Rapid Review work, and the experience of our EEG members. It will also consider the impact of Covid and home working.

Who is this course suitable for?

The training is designed for employers, line managers and HR professionals who may need to support employees through pregnancy and maternity. It will enable them to develop a range of skills, knowledge and behaviours so they feel confident that their practice provides safe and appropriate support to victims-survivors of economic abuse.

What is the course format?

This course is an interactive and engaging learning experience and includes group discussions and exercises. All our courses are delivered by highly experienced trainers.

Course objectives  

After completing this course, all attendees will have:

  • Increased knowledge of economic abuse as described in the Domestic Abuse Act
  • New knowledge of how economic abuse operates within the context of domestic abuse in particular at a time of increased risk, e.g. as an employee goes on maternity leave, is on maternity leave, or is returning from maternity leave
  • Increased knowledge of the difference between economic abuse and financial abuse
  • Increased knowledge of the impact of Covid 19 on victim-survivors at particular risk of economic abuse 
  • Increased knowledge of the training, resources and support available from Surviving Economic Abuse and knowledge of where to access guidance on specific cases when supporting victim-survivors of economic abuse
  • Increased skill to recognise and respond to the signs of economic abuse including post-separation abuse
  • Increased skill to recognise and respond to the impact of economic abuse and its link with physical safety
  • Increased skill and motivation to respond to economic abuse and create economic safety
  • Increased motivation and confidence in the belief that their work can minimise harm and make a difference to victim-survivors and their long-term economic safety


This course is not currently accredited.

Time commitment

This course is a 4-hour course.

Delivery methods

We can deliver this course face to face or online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Course fees

Course fees are dependent on exact requirements. Please make an enquiry to discuss your needs and pricing options.

Book this course

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