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Financial abuse

Sometimes referred to as ‘the silent weapon’, financial abuse can be used in toxic relationships to financially control a partner's access to economic resources.

If you are concerned that someone is not acting in either yours or a loved one’s best interests, talk to us about it, but wait for a time when you are alone. Financial abusers tend to stay close during conversations with finance companies. You may also find our domestic abuse page helpful.

Another form is elderly financial abuse which occurs when an elderly individual is financially exploited by friends, family members, caregivers, or doorstep traders.

Possible signs are:

  • Attempted fraudulent withdrawals from your account
  • Forged signatures
  • Recommendations made by a new friend/partner/relative that do not make financial sense to you.

Here are some organisations that can also support you and give you advice on keeping your investments safe.

  • Surviving Economic Abuse
    England: 0808 2000 247
    Wales: 0808 8010 800
    Scotland: 0800 027 1234
    Northern Ireland: 0808 802 1414
  • Action on Elder Abuse Advice and support for victims or witnesses of abuse to an older person Freephone: 0808 808 8141 Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm

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