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Leaving Care: Financial Abuse

1. Bills 2. How to pay your bills 3. How to set up a bank account
4. How to set up a savings account 5. Borrowing money 6. Credit score
7. How to budget and save 8. Education financial support 9. What to do if you're in trouble
10. Financial abuse  

11. What Do I Do If I Am Being Financially Abused?

Protecting yourself from financial abuse is really important.  If someone you live with or know is controlling your money or causing debts in your name this is financial abuse.  If you are being financially abused, this is normally when someone is:

  • Stopping you from getting or keeping a job;
  • Controlling your bank account/s;
  • Not allowing you to spend money on yourself;
  • Making you give them your wages or benefits;
  • Stealing, demanding or taking money from you;
  • Making you account for every penny you spend, such as by showing receipts

Any form of abuse can leave you feeling isolated, lacking confidence and even trapped.  If you want to get out of the situation there are services that can help you:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999;
  • Woman's Aid website or you can call 0808 2000 247 for free 24 hours a day;
  • Men's Advice Line website or call 0808 8010 327 for free Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Make sure you get help and advice if you feel you think you might be the victim of financial abuse.


Universal Credit

Universal Credit is the new benefit system allowing you to claim with your partner and the money going into one bank account.  If you are worried about your partner controlling your benefit, you should speak to someone at the Jobcentre.  If this is the case for you, you can have the option for Universal Credit to be put into your own account or split into separate payments. 


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