Financial control involves controlling or denying access to financial resources in order to control and isolate the individual. This can undermine their ability to meet their own daily needs or that of dependants, which creates increased dependency on the perpetrator. This may include:
- Controlling access to household income, including salaries and benefits
- Denying food, clothing or transport
- Denying funds needed to travel to or attend employment, education or training
- Being forced to steal on the abuser's behalf
- Building up debts in the victim's name.
Consider financial control if you are aware of growing debts; lack of access to money; over-working or being prevented from working and being unable to adequately provide for self or children.
For more information:
- Women's Aid - Money issues
- Domestic Abuse and Money Education toolkit (DAME) - Guidance for Professionals Supporting Survivors with Financial Issues
- Unequal, Controlled & Trapped - report by Women's Aid and TUC 2015
- Money Advice Service: Protecting Against Financial Abuse
- Addressing the financial needs of women and children experiencing domestic violence