The research on Economic abuse in South Africa is limited; it does however correlate with research conducted internationally. Globally there is a lack of empirical data on post relationship abuse of which financial abuse is one component of the cycle/wheel.
We have launched our own research to collect data on the prevalence of Economic and Financial Abuse in relationship and post relationship, the research includes victims’ experiences in the Family Courts. The results of the research will provide the much-needed data to not only inform policy but legislation.
We have a significant amount of anecdotal evidence and data from our Facebook groups, which is in excess of 130 000 members of which 85% are women, we have been able to identify trends and approximate the prevalence.
Published articles on economic abuse: