The information on this page is for organisations. If you are a survivor with coerced debt, please contact the Financial Support Line.
The EAEF is an information-sharing tool for use by debt advisers to capture information about the abuse that a victim-survivor has experienced. It captures the information about the abuse in one place and helps a debt adviser support a survivor when communicating with creditors about coerced debt.
The EAEF can transform the support that victim-survivors facing debt receive. It has been informed by the experiences of victim-survivors and is modelled on the existing Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form used by money and debt advice services, financial services and other creditors.
Currently, victim-survivors contact an average of five different creditors and negotiate with them all individually. They have to repeat their story to each organisation, often more than once.
Used by debt advisers, the Economic Abuse Evidence Form makes it quicker and easier for creditors to support victim-survivors. It verifies that they have experienced economic abuse, meaning creditors can help them find a solution to coerced debt, such as a debt write off.
With four major creditors on board, the pilot programme is already achieving results for victim-survivors. In one case, the use of the form left the victim-survivor debt-free for the first time since leaving the perpetrator in 2008.
A single tool that is used to guide decision-making is more likely to lead to a positive outcome for the victim-survivor.
Use of the EAEF has the potential to:
Organisations joining the pilot will be able to use the form to collate information about a victim-survivor’s experience of economic abuse in one place.
As a recognised evidence form to support victim-survivors, the EAEF has the potential to:
The EAEF is currently a pilot and we are looking for more creditors to take part. For more information and details of how to get involved, please complete the contact form below.
If you are survivor looking for information on coerced debt, please contact the Financial Support Line.
The Economic Abuse Evidence Form has been created by Surviving Economic Abuse and Money Advice Plus as part of our award-winning partnership. With grateful thanks to the Money and Pensions Services, The Rayne Foundation and Cisco for the funding to make the pilot of this project possible.
The project is guided by a steering group with representatives from the debt advice, finance, utilities and domestic abuse sectors. Members include UK Finance, StepChange, Women’s Aid and Money Advice Trust.
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