Economic Abuse

Economic abuse is a form of coercive control, where a partner, ex-partner or family member has control over someone's access to economic resources, which puts them in a vulnerable position.

Being made economically unstable limits personal freedoms, as well as access to safety, and can result in experience of more harm by remaining in an abusive relationship for longer.

Do you feel in control of your money?

If any of the following statements apply to you now or in the past, please let us know. There is help available.

Has someone close to you:

  • Made you account for all the money you spend?
  • Are they keeping you short of money or refusing to give you money?
  • Have they made you ask for money or basic necessities?
  • Are they taking loans out in your name or encouraged you to take out loans, when you otherwise wouldn’t or aren’t sure what it is for?
  • Are they controlling the household money?
  • Are they spending money only on things they want?
  • Is someone making all major decisions about money without consulting you?
  • Are they undermining your attempts to improve your education, or stopping you from getting or keeping a job?
  • Have they ever refused to contribute to rent or household bills, or made you pay more than your share?
  • Are they controlling your access to transport?
  • Have they stolen or destroyed your property?
You are not alone, we can help.

Call RISE's helpline on 03003 239 985

or visit Surviving Economic Abuse's website for online resources


Economic abuse is linked to financial abuse, but economic abuse covers when someone interferes (through control, exploitation or sabotage) with their partner’s ability to acquire, use and/or maintain economic resources. Economic resources include: money, housing, transportation, utilities (such as heating or items such as food or clothing) and employment.

6 in 10 survivors suffer from coerced debt (Economic Justice Project)

In a 2019 survey of survivors, almost a third said their access to money during the relationship was controlled by the perpetrator. (Women's Aid's Domestic Abuse Report)

Economic Abuse