Our latest study with Refuge found that economic abuse affects more people in the UK than you might think. If you have experienced economic abuse, or if you are unsure but want to find out more, we want you to know we are here for you. We can help by providing a range of specialist support, as well as access to resources and help spotting the signs of economic abuse.
If you’re experiencing any form of domestic abuse, including economic abuse, or if you think you might be experiencing abuse and want to find out more, you can call Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for free on 0808 2000 247. Run solely by Refuge, this helpline provides emotional and practical support, including signposting and referrals to specialist domestic abuse services such as local outreach services and refuges.
You can also access support online via live chat or web forms at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
If you are in any danger, always call 999.
Refuge’s website provides lots of information for women experiencing domestic abuse, including support for survivors of economic abuse: www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now
Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) provides a wide range of specialist support to women who have experienced economic abuse and to those who are supporting victims: survivingeconomicabuse.org
If you are a Co-operative Bank, Britannia or smile customer, we have a dedicated Financial Support team.
A full list of support services can be found in the UK Finance ‘It’s your money’ information leaflet (PDF).
You may also be able to find help locally by typing “domestic abuse help” and your location into Google, or another online search engine. You may want to do this using an incognito window to keep your search confidential.
Specialist support for men suffering from domestic or economic abuse:
Men's Advice Line:www.mensadviceline.org.uk or 0808 801 0327 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 8pm)
Specialist support for those experiencing domestic or economic abuse who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender:
Galop: www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse or 0800 999 5428 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm)
Specialist support for if you are an older person experiencing domestic or economic abuse:
Hourglass: www.wearehourglass.org or 0808 808 8141 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm)
Please note: The above links are correct as of October 2020. The details above are for information only and The Bank has no direct relationship with any of the organisations above other than Refuge.
We have again partnered with Refuge to conduct a new study into the extent of economic abuse in the UK in 2020 with our ‘Know economic abuse’ campaign.
Economic abuse is a form of domestic abuse. It occurs when an abuser restricts a person’s ability to acquire, use and maintain money or other economic resources.