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Financial abuse is when someone takes control of another person’s finances. Financial abuse can be found in different relationships, including partners, family members or carers. They could be doing this to reduce the victims independence – financial abuse can happen to anyone.
Financial abuse can look different for different people, there are signs you can look out for, to protect yourself or someone you know. Some common signs that someone may be experiencing financial abuse are:
We can offer support to help you get control of your finances again.
At Halifax, we have been working with UK Finance to make sure we can offer the right support to you or a loved one, in a safe way. Download the financial abuse support guide (PDF, 2.48MB) for more information on how we can help, and details of other organisations you can contact for practical help and support.
If you need help urgently, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free on 0808 2000 247 (24 hours), which is run in partnership with Refuge.
Or call the police on 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
Modern technology gives abusers ever-growing ways to control those using the tools of everyday life.
If you need help and support with how to secure your tech visit Refuge’s tech safety website.
Surviving Economic Abuse is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of this type of abuse and improving the support that is available for those experiencing it.
SEA's website has expert information on economic abuse and the support that is available to help you regain control.
You can visit the Surviving Economic Abuse website where you will find additional support, and information on next steps that you might take.
You can download the free Bright Sky app.
Bright Sky is a safe, easy to use app that has a range of tools to support you if you are in an abusive relationship or worried about someone you know.
Calls and online sessions may be monitored and recorded. Not all Telephone Banking services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To use our Mobile Banking app you need to have a valid phone number registered to your account. You can either use your Online Banking details to sign in or you can register for the first time in the app. Our app is available to iOS and Android users only and minimum operating systems apply, so check the App Store or Google Play for details. Device registration required. The app doesn't work on jailbroken or rooted devices. Terms and conditions apply.