September 20, 2018 - 9:30 am
September 20, 2018 - 3:45 pm
AddressConference Aston - Whitehall Suite, Meeting Rooms, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET View map
Economic abuse is often the hidden tie that binds victims of domestic abuse to their abusers and acts as a road-block to forging a new life. It can prevent victims leaving an abusive or violent partner and, even when they do leave, can coerce a return home, allow for ongoing control over the victim’s life, or leave them in poverty.
Economic abuse is defined as behaviours that interfere with a victim’s ability to acquire, use and maintain economic resources (Adams et al. 2008). It relates to money and finances, but also to wider resources such as housing, transport and the ability to hold down a job.
According to Surviving Economic Abuse, women accessing specialist domestic violence services report high rates of economic abuse, between 43-98 per cent (Sharp, 2008). In a national prevalence study, one in five women reported having experienced economic abuse in a current or former relationship.
Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships, which includes economic abuse. However, economic abuse is often not recognised, and – in police and other services’ eyes – is a lower priority than other forms of abuse. However, it has a clear correlation with serious physical abuse, and early recognition of economic abuse could prevent later harm.
Examples provided by victims illustrate the ongoing and serious impact of economic abuse: employers plagued by emails and telephone calls about the victim, cutting off the victim’s essential services such as gas or electricity; the abuser refusing to move out of a property lived in by the victim, and coercing loans from the victim which are never repaid. The legacy of these actions can go on and on.
Recent developments in everyday technology may ironically make it easier for perpetrators to control bank accounts, utilities accounts, and access work emails.
So what can be done? A range of measures could collectively lead to a much more powerful response to economic abuse. These range from creating a wider awareness of economic abuse by both mainstream and domestic abuse specialist services, to making early interventions, offering financial advocacy, using criminal, family and consumer law, and changing local and national government policy.
“A recent evaluation showed that police officers rank economic issues
nearly bottom in terms of importance when assessing risk in domestic abuse cases.(1) This is concerning given that economic issues were identified in just over a third of intimate partner homicides analysed by the Home Office.”(2)
Quoted in Into plain sight, December 2017, Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Sarah Learmouth (1)Robinson, A.L., Myhill, A., Wire, J., Roberts, J. and Tilley, N.(2016) Risk-led policing of domestic abuse and the DASH risk model. College of Policing (2) Home Office (2016) Domestic Homicide Reviews: Key findings from analysis of domestic homicide reviews
“Research has shown that women are three and a half times more likely to be subject to domestic violence if they find it impossible to find £100 at short notice.”
Walby, S. and Allen, J (2004) Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey. London: Home Office Research Study 276. Quoted in Into plain sight, December 2017, Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Sarah Learmouth
Economic abuse involves a wide range of service providers, extending to providers of utilities, financial institutions, and employers as well as police, housing, health services and legal professionals.
This learning day offers professionals from all services the opportunity to:
- gain a more detailed understanding of the nature and long term impact of economic abuse
- understand the overlap with other forms of abuse
- look at how to identify economic abuse, and how to gather evidence to prosecute it through considering case studies
- look at local service changes which can be made to tackle economic abuse more effectively
- take a brief look at future changes in law which could impact economic abuse, such as criminal and consumer law
The facilitator is Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Director of Surviving Economic Abuse.
Agenda (subject to change)
9.30 – 10.00
Registration and coffee
10.00 – 10.10
Welcome and introductions
10.10 – 11.15
Economic abuse: definitions, implications and understanding
- defining economic abuse
- research findings
- examining the impact on victims’ lives
11.15 – 11.40
11.40 – 13.00
Identifying economic abuse and building the evidence
- overlap with other forms of abuse
- signs of economic abuse
- how economic abuse can be perpetrated
- case studies
13.00 – 13.50
13.50 – 14.45
Making change at local level to address economic abuse more effectively
- Early interventions
- The reality of mainstream versus specialist services
- Financial advocacy
14.45 – 15.00
15.00 – 15.45
Future changes in law
- Raising awareness/policy priorities
- Criminal, family and consumer law
- Challenges in evidence gathering
Close of learning day
- domestic abuse services
- family lawyers
- Crown Prosecution Service
- housing providers
- health services (including mental health)
- support services for families
- adult safeguarding services
- advocacy services for victims
- HR departments
- Consumer liaison departments of utility companies and financial institutions
The training will take place in Birmingham City Centre:
Conference Aston Whitehall Suite, Meeting Rooms
The Aston Triangle,
Venue telephone – 0121 204 4300
New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all within 20 minutes walk of the venue or a 5 minute taxi journey.
Car parking and direction information
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There is a hotel on-site in the Aston Business School
Follow this link for costs, details of rooms and booking information:
£130 + VAT per place
A *team deal discount is available when you book 3 or 5 places together
*3 places (3rd place half price) £325 +VAT
*5 places (5th place free) £520 + VAT
Please ring 0115 9163104 for further information.
The delegate rate includes an information pack, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Cancellations received up to and including 30th August 2018 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full. Team deals are non-cancellable, but substitute delegates will be accepted.
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