How you can protect yourself from financial abuse

Keep an eye out for warning signs and trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, don't be afraid to get help.

Steps you can take

Save important documents

Try to keep your identification and important financial documents in a safe place, to make it easier to open new accounts, claim benefits or apply for jobs in the future. It may also help with certain disputes over money. If you're worried that someone might try to keep these documents from you, see if you can get certified copies and ask a trusted friend or relative to look after them for you. Here are some examples of important documents:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Bank statements
  • Pension statements
  • Pay slips
  • Home ownership, rental or mortgage documents
  • Details of any benefits you receive
  • Utility bills in your name
  • Credit card details in your name
  • Your birth certificate (and your children’s)
  • Marriage/Divorce certificate.

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