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.
We have been working with UK Finance and a lot of the banks in the UK to make sure we can offer the right support you or a loved one need.
Download our financial abuse support guide (PDF) for more information on how we can help and details of other organisations you can contact for practical help and support.
We can help you to start sorting out your money. We’ll provide you with information about:
There are also a few things you can do:
If you need help urgently, you can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline for free on 0808 200 0247 (24 hours), which is run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid.
Or call the police on 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.