Experiencing Financial Abuse?
We can support if you or someone else you know is a victim of financial abuse.
What is financial abuse?
Financial abuse can take a variety of different forms within different relationships, including intimate partners, family members or carers. It might be financial control, exploitation or sabotage.
“My husband controlled everything. He didn’t let me even see my own bank statements or my pay going into our account.”
“My ex took out a credit card and loan in my name and she spent the whole lot without me even knowing.”
“I had no money for food; I couldn’t pay for the kids’ school dinners. He made me give up work. I had to beg for any money while he just carried on as if everything was normal.”
“She said if I told anyone else, she’d stop visiting and tell the other carer to stay away too.”
“My brother offered to help sort out my finances. But instead of taking care of everything, he stole my life’s savings and left me with nothing.”
Do any of these sound familiar? They’re all examples of financial abuse.
It's your money - let us help you get control of it again
We're here to support you and understand what you're facing. We'll do our best to help you get control of your money, and we'll make sure the advice is right for you. We can provide practical help, including advice about:
- joint accounts
- debts, lending and mortgages
- opening a new account
- important documents you might need, like your passport, driving licence and bills
There are also a few things you can do:
Passwords and security
- You should be the only person who knows your account PIN and passwords. Don’t share your details with anyone, even to take out cash or buy something on your behalf.
- If you think someone else may have your account PIN and passwords you can change them.
- If you’re worried about an older relative, check to see if they have shared this information with anybody else.
Communication and keeping your information safe
- Think about where letters from us are sent, especially if you think someone might be opening your letters. If you don’t want them going to the same address you may be able to have them sent elsewhere.
- You can also choose to receive your statements online if you use internet banking.
- Remember that some transactions on your statement can indicate where cash machines you have been using are located, or locations of stores where a card payment has been made.
You can download the free app Bright Sky. It has a range of tools to support you if you are in an abusive relationships or worried about someone you know. It includes a UK-wide directory of support services, tools to assess the safety of relationships, advice on how to leave an abusive partner and advice on how to help a friend affected by domestic abuse.