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Economic abuse ‘hidden in plain sight’ New analysis of crime figures highlights the scale of economic abuse being overlooked
An independent analysis of criminal prosecutions has found that the scale of economic abuse within coercive and controlling behaviour is being overlooked.
The analysis found examples of cases where victims were prevented from going to work and earning an income or coerced into handing over thousands of pounds to their abusive partner, including one woman being left with a debt of £50,000. Other abusive behaviours included controlling women through their access to housing, household goods, mobile phones and transport.
The analysis and report, published today by new charity Surviving Economic Abuse, is the first to examine the detail of prosecutions brought under the controlling or coercive behaviour legislation introduced in December 2015. In two-thirds of the cases, researchers uncovered examples of economic abuse, yet in no…

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