If you have a feeling something isn’t right…
Economic abuse is a common form of domestic abuse, and a powerful tool often used to coerce and control. Economic abuse can involve a current or former partner or family member controlling your ability to acquire, use or maintain money or other economic resources; for example, stopping you from going to work, taking your money, insisting benefits are in their name, preventing you from accessing your own/joint bank account, putting debts in your name, damaging your possessions which you then have to replace.
You have the right to access your own finances and regain financial freedom.
If you think you are experiencing economic abuse, it is important to ensure your online accounts and devices are safe. Depending on whether you are living with the person who is harming you, you may choose to take different steps.
Some actions you take to increase your security or privacy might alert an abuser, and they might escalate their abusive behaviour. Before looking into what’s happening, if you have any concerns regarding the security of your online accounts, we can help you to create a safety plan tailored to your situation:
- Use a safe device to contact Refuge’s 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. This could be a phone from a trusted friend, family member, neighbour, or a computer in a library, school, or workplace.
- Use a safe device to contact Refuge’s 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline via live chat Monday-Friday 3-10pm via www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk.
- Many women feel that they have no choice but to delete their online accounts and reduce their use of the internet. You have the right to be online. If it feels safe, you can visit our guides to learn more about how you can secure your tech.
- If you haven’t yet, read our safety information.
You can also try our Digital Break-Up Guide which includes additional guides that can help you secure your financial accounts.
Signs you may be experiencing Economic Abuse
Before Following a link:
If you think someone may be accessing your phone or computer, or you’re in a space where you could be disturbed, please do not follow this link: Websites we signpost you to may not have a quick exit button and will open in a new tab. Visit us again from a safe device or safe space at a later date. If you need immediate support please contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247