Research and evidence – Stuart EDIT

To drive change for victim-survivors, we are committed to learning from and contributing to the growing evidence base on economic abuse.

Research library

The evidence base on economic abuse and the negative economic impact of domestic violence more broadly has expanded over the past ten years. Our research library brings together evidence from the UK and around the world to help develop understanding of economic abuse.

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Our research

Our team undertakes original research with victim-survivors of economic abuse and contributes to the growing evidence base on economic abuse in the UK. Our research informs our campaigning and policy influencing. It also provides the public with a vital insight into the scale and impact of economic abuse. Read our research and reports below.

Global findings
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Global study on economic abuse (December 2022)

This in-depth research gives a picture of what economic abuse looks like globally in the context of intimate partner violence, drawing on findings from six continents.

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Victim-survivor experiences of economic abuse
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“Economic abuse is your past, present and future” (May 2018)

A report on the practical barriers women face in rebuilding their lives after domestic violence

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The Cost of Covid-19: Economic abuse and the pandemic (April 2021)

A call to build economic safety for women and girls

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Economic abuse within controlling and coercive behaviour
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Into plain sight (December 2017)

How economic abuse is reflected in successful prosecutions of controlling or coercive behaviour

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Economic abuse and universal credit
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Universal credit and financial abuse (June 2018)

This report focuses on the Universal Credit single payment. The Women’s Budget Group (WBG), along with other organisations, has concerns about other aspects of Universal Credit that have implications for women, and for survivors of domestic abuse. These issues are to be explored in WBG’s future work.

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Benefits or barriers? (June 2019)

Making social security work for survivors of violence and abuse across the UK’s four nations

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Economic abuse and housing
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DAHA’s Whole Housing Toolkit

Our housing policy officer worked on the following chapters to DAHA’s Whole Housing Toolkit:

Defining economic abuse
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Economic Abuse as an Invisible Form of Domestic Violence

Economic Abuse as an Invisible Form of Domestic Violence: A Multicountry Review

March 2018
Trauma, Violence, & Abuse (TVA) Journal

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Our project evaluations

Evaluating our projects and training is a vital part of our growth as a charity. Evaluation not only helps us measure the impact of our work, but also provides us with new data about economic abuse and the community response. This information informs new projects, partnerships and more.


A survivor-led approach to policy influencing


Training the police


Evaluation of the Domestic and Economic Abuse Project (DEAP)
Responding to coerced debt: Final evaluation of the Economic Justice Project
Training and supporting banks and building societies


Responding to coerced debt: Consumer advocacy
Training financial capability practitioners


Development of policy and practice responses to economic abuse

Fact sheets

We have a number of concise fact sheets that offer insights into the scale and impact of economic abuse in the UK.

Join the international economic abuse research network

“Sharing is the way to go – it saves reinventing the wheel and highlights that this is a global issue.” Police, Victoria, Australia

The international network was established following our CEO’s Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.

It shares best practice and research on economic abuse with practitioners, researchers and policy-makers via a newsletter. It has over 100 members across seven countries.

Join the international network