Financial abuse happens when a perpetrator uses financial means to control you and may include any of the following:
- stopping the victim working
- controlling household finances including wages, benefits and bank accounts
- forcing the victim to hand over wages and money
- persuading or forcing the victim to take out loans and credit in her/his name.
The Domestic Abuse and Money Education Toolkit produced by Women’s Aid is a useful guide to help you with financial issues. Visit the Women’s Aid website for more information.
If you’re in debt, you need to take action quickly to prevent the situation from getting any worse. Citizen’s Advice can offer advice on dealing with debt.