Support for victims of abuse

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A list of charities and other organisations that can support you is listed further down this page.

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What is financial abuse?

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Financial abuse can include:

  • Being stopped from earning or using your own money.
  • Someone else spending your money without your say
  • Debts being accumulated in your name – either fraudulently or through coercion.
  • Being prevented from managing your own accounts
  • Not being allowed to buy essential items

You can find more information in the it’s your money (pdf) Opens in a new window leaflet, produced by UK Finance (who represent over 300 financial firms) and the charity Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA).

Helpful resources

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid helps women (and their children) escaping abuse find refuge and domestic abuse services. They mainly operate in England but can also connect you to services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Their Travel to Refuge Opens in a new window scheme covers the cost of tickets for anyone travelling to refuge accommodation.


A confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse. They also have a friends and family section with guidance for anyone wanting to support male abuse victims.

Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)

SEA Opens in a new window, in partnership with Money Advice Plus Opens in a new window, run the Financial Support Line for Victims of Domestic Abuse, which helps abuse victims regain control of their finances.

Their I Need Help Opens in a new window page can help with banking, debt, legal rights, housing and property, accessing support, financial wellbeing and getting away from an abuser.


Refuge help find vacancies for women (and their children) at refuge centres. They’ll also help victims to access other services in their local area.