GBV (Gender-based Violence) may affect women from all socioeconomic positions. Gender-based Economic Abuse (EA) consists of the control over the women’s access to economic resources, diminishing the woman’s capacity to support herself, her sons and daughters and her previous life-habits depending on the perpetrator financially and undermining her possibilities to escape from the loop of abuse.
While EA during cohabitation has been formulated, it also might start after a separation, remaining understudied and not being specifically considered as abuse in Spain.
After divorcing, EA seems to be a mere formality or disagreement, as long as the woman did not denounce a previous GBV situation during the cohabitation.
Nowadays, comprehensive research into co-determinants and a regulatory or legal framework for preventing and managing EA as GBV are lacking.
The ultimate aim of the ECOVIO is to make visible hidden gender-based violence for the society as a whole: EA is subtle and complex violence which requires in-depth research for guiding action and institutional change.
The objective of the project is to analyse gendered causes and co-determinants of the EA within the GBV context and:
- To research into how to ensure and guarantee the access to economic-financial rights for women and minors, making visible the economic abuse as an unexplored side of GBV
- To trace a route map for preventing and managing EA during and after the separation and influence decision-making bodies and entities, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, social workers and any other leading figure able to sustain change
- To purpose measures and actions for empowering women and educating girls
- To drive institutional change, addressing the EA within the context of the GBV but also facing challenges such as wage gap and women’s unemployment and sub-employment
- To establish a system for capacity building for preventing EA at macro, meso and micro levels