Economic abuse

Domestic violence often involves economic abuse as well as physical, sexual and emotional abuse.


We know that many women stay with abusive men because they are worried about the financial consequences of leaving and are unaware of the options that are available to them.

Refuge has undertaken research into women’s experience of financial abuse.

Money matters (2015)

Refuge, in partnership with The Co-operative Bank, joined forces to carry out the UK’s largest study to date to uncover the scale of financial abuse within intimate partner relationships. The Money matters report outlines the prevalence of financial abuse and makes recommendations for change within the banking industry to better protect and support victims.

The research  was led by academic Nicola Sharp-Jeffs at the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University. The full literature review is available here.

What’s Yours is Mine (Nicola Sharp 2008)

This research into economic abuse and its impacts on women and children experiencing domestic violence was conducted with women and children accessing a cross section of Refuge’s services.

Download: What’s Yours is Mine- executive summary

Download: What’s Yours is Mine – Appendices

Please email for a copy of the full report, What’s Yours is Mine.

Addressing Needs (ADP/Refuge 2008)

This research was conducted amongst women accessing a cross section of Refuge’s services in order to determine the financial needs of women experiencing domestic violence, particularly in relation to:

  • Financial literacy
  • Budgeting
  • Income maximization
  • Credit and debt

This research was kindly funded by the HBOS foundation.

Download: Addressing Needs