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Financial abuse

Financial abuse can involve theft, fraud, scamming and exploitation. It can also be when a person is coerced into certain financial affairs or arrangements, including pressure in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits. Blackmail is a type of abuse that can be used for financial gain and may involve using threats of physical, mental or emotional harm, or of criminal prosecution, against a victim or someone close to them. You, or someone you know, may be being financially abused if you spot any of these indicators:

  •  Substantial increase in account activity, particularly when a joint bank account has recently been established or someone is now assisting the individual with their finances
  • Person with a disability is accompanied by family, staff or others who appear to coax, or otherwise pressure, the individual into making transactions
  • Individual is confused about missing funds in accounts
  • Rent arrears and eviction notices
  • A lack of clear financial accounts held by a care home or service
  • Failure to provide receipts for shopping or other financial transactions carried out on behalf of the person
  • Disparity between the person’s living conditions and their financial resources, e.g. insufficient food in the house
  • Unnecessary property repairs

Getting help

Victim Support

Victim support is an independent charity, who work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Their support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.

08 08 16 89 111

Action Fraud

If you think that you’ve already experienced fraud, you should report the crime or incident to Action Fraud, not your local police service (unless it is an emergency). Action Fraud will initiate any necessary police investigation into your loss.

0300 123 2040

Womens Aid

Financial abuse is an aspect of ‘coercive control’ – a pattern of controlling, threatening and degrading behaviour that restricts a victims’ freedom. Womens Aid can provide advice and support if you are being financially abused in a domestic relationship.

0808 2000 247