Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, is defined by the Government as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members (including step and in-law family members), regardless of their gender or sexuality. ‘Domestic abuse’ covers a range of types of abuse, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.
Financial abuse is a form of domestic abuse and it often comes from an intimate partner, but it’s also committed by family members, friends or carers. It could happen to you or someone you know.
You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember your not alone.
The Care Act 2014 describes ‘financial abuse’ as a type of abuse which includes having money or other property stolen, being defrauded, being put under pressure in relation to money or other property and having money or other property misused.
Financial abuse can take a variety of forms and it can happen differently with different relationships. It often comes from an intimate partner, but it’s also committed by family members, friends or carers. It could happen to you or someone you know.
If you’re reading this because you or someone you know might be experiencing financial abuse, you are in the right place, there is always someone to talk to and help is available. Learn more about financial abuse and how we can help you.