Non-violent forms of domestic violence and abuse can be just as damaging as physical violence. Financial abuse is one such form

A new Financial Abuse Guidance produced by the Belfast Area Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Partnership was officially launched on Thursday 1st December in Stormont.

Financial Abuse is....

A means of controlling a person's money and resources with the intention of increasing their dependency on the other person. Financial abuse can take many forms including:

  • Controlling money;
  • Withholding money;
  • Misspending money - gambling/ drinking etc;
  • Restricting Access to money for necessities;
  • Having to explain every expenditure;
  • Forced into debt/ running up debt in your name;
  • Forced to take responsibility for all the finances;
  • Preventing you from earning your own money;
  • Forcing you to be fraudulent;
  • Not allowing benefits to be paid in your name
Download this file (finance-abuse-guidance.pdf)Finance Abuse Guidance1029 kB