What is economic abuse?
Using Jessica’s story as an example, who has recently come forward with her frightening experience of economic abuse.
If Jessica’s husband told her to buy something, even something like a jumper, she had to do it. Desperately trying to keep up with her husband’s demands, Jessica took out many credit cards and has found herself in £50,000 worth of debt.
If Jessica refused to purchase anything that her husband requested, the consequences would be much worse than increasing her spiralling debt.
Proving coerced debt
It can be difficult to prove coercion such as that which Jessica suffered, abusers often use joint accounts to take out loans in their name, or force victims to do it themselves by threatening violence.
In UK consumer law, proving duress or misrepresentation is often impossible because the abuser is not party to the victim’s lending contract.
How we can help
Working with you, our legal experts can explore all accounts and contracts and look for evidence of coercion that you may miss.