In some cases of domestic abuse, there is a financial element – for example, forcing a partner to take on unmanageable debts that could leave them in need of personal insolvency advice further down the line.
Obviously this type of coercion is unacceptable, and the government has taken action in recent years to make this clear; however, figures from Citizens Advice show that many people remain unaware of this.
For instance, 39% of people do not realise that it can be classed as domestic abuse if you demand that your partner accounts for every penny they spend.
And 55% of people don’t realise that taking out a loan in somebody else’s name can also constitute abuse.
But these are acts with far-reaching consequences, not only in terms of unfairly controlling an individual’s finances in the short term, but also leaving them open to needing personal insolvency advice over the medium term too.
Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, says: “The last government led the way on domestic abuse when it announced it would make coercive control illegal.
“To ensure this makes the needed difference it is important people feel equipped to recognise domestic abuse.”