Jennifer Glinski 

Research title: The 'Careful Calculus' in its structural and policy context: what does it cost to leave an abusive relationship?

Research Summary

My PhD research examines women's experiences of economic abuse in Scotland and the role and nature of financial barriers to leaving an abusive partner. It is widely recognised that routes out of abuse are directly impacted by policy decisions and how they play into individual lives of survivors of domestic abuse. My research, therefore, investigates how women’s personal financial situations prior and post leaving are likely to be affected by key social security policies in Scotland and the UK. 



Glinski, J. (2022). Economic Abuse and the Cost of Living Crisis. Engender. 
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Glinski, J. (2021). The Post-Separation Economic Power and Control Wheel. Domestic Abuse Intervention Program. Available from: Post-Separation_Economic_Abuse_Wheel_Glinski_2021.pdf (  

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, Glinski, J. (2020). Economic Abuse. Available from:

Abdulkadir, J., Azzudin, A., Buick, A., Curtice, L., Dzingisai, M., Easton, D., Frew, C., Glinski, J., Holliday, D. Knifton, L., McLaughlin, D., Quinn, N. Ramsay, D. (2016). What do you mean, I havea right to health? Participatory action research on health and human rights. Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.  Available at: 

Dunlop, S., Swales, K., Trebeck, K., Glinski, J. (2012). The Oxfam Humankind Index: The New Measure of Scotland’s Prosperity, The Fraser of Allander Institute with Oxfam, April 2012. Available at:

Glinski, J. (2012). Review of Women in Public Service Institute at the Asian University for Women. Women in Public Service Project / US State Department. Available at:


ESCR 1+3 Studentship 


"A challenge to the system:Investigating understanding and responses to economic abuse at the Royal Bank of Scotland". European Conference on Domestic Violence. Online. September, 2021. 

"Social Security policy and its impact on the ‘Careful Calculus’ of economic abuse survivors in Scotland". European Conference on Domestic Violence. Oslo, Norway, 1-4 September, 2019.

"Social security policy and economic abuse: insights from the Scottish perspectives". Strathclyde Feminist Network. Social security and gender: Shaping Scotland’s future. Strathclyde University, Glasgow, April 2019.   

"Social Security policy and its impact on the ‘careful calculus’ of economic abuse survivors". What are Feminist Economics? Women’s Budget Group. The University of Manchester, Manchester, January 2019.

"What does it cost to leave an abuser?". Social Security Devolution in Scotland. Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, November 2018.

"Girls Just Want to have Fun(d$): Women’s Economic Inequalities in Scotland". Young Women and Girls in Contemporary Scotland and Beyond. Girlhood Gang. Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow, September 2018.                                                                 

"The ‘Careful Calculus’ in its structural and policy context: What does it cost to leave an abusive     relationship?". Gender and Violence. European Network on Gender and Violence (ENGV). Bristol University, Bristol, 27-29th June 2018.

"Economic and Financial Abuse in Scotland". Supporting Early Intervention. Improvement Service Glasgow, November, 2017.

Additional Information

Jenn is currently a Research Associate in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. The research project, Women Working to Support Women in the Welfare Sphere, explores the psychosocial wellbeing and personal welfare of women workers in organisations offering services, support and advocacy to women and girls who may be socially isolated, economically marginalised and disadvantaged. The research is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and is a collaboration between a team from the University of Glasgow and the University of Cambridge.

In addition to her research on economic abuse, Jenn has undertaken key collaborations with financial institutions in the UK. In 2019 Jenn undertook an innovate internship placement at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to help raise awareness of economic abuse. Based on her research with RBS, Jenn won the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciene Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Award. Whilst working as a Banking Specialist for the charity Surviving Economic Abuse, Jenn was seconded to LLoyds Banking Group (LBG) where she provided support the Domestic and Financial Abuse Specalist Team. Both placements have been instrumental in raising awareness of economic abuse in the banking sector and delivering systems change to better support victims of economic abuse.

In 2020, Jenn was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) Rutgers University in the US. During her placement, she me with and worked alongside leading economic abuse experts to develop a comparative analysis of experiences and responses to economic abuse in the UK/US context. 

Jenn is a member of the University of Glasgow's Gender-Based Violence Research Forum, SHERA Research Group, the Scottish Women's Budget Group's Policy and Advisory Group, and sits on the steering group for Financially Included