WELFARE payments are turning the clock back to the 1950s and allowing abusers to control family finances, MPs say.
Under Universal Credit, payments are made to one person per household, often leaving abuse victims and their children dependent, a report by the Work and Pensions Committee said.
One abuse survivor said she feared the new system could leave her and her children with “nothing for weeks”.
The government said abuse support teams are on hand in every Jobcentre.
The Universal Credit system, which has been rolling out across the UK since 2015, aims to simplify the benefits and tax credits system with a single monthly payment.
Claimants typically provide details of one bank account for payments. The committee heard that they can request split payments, but Jobcentres are advised to only offer them in “very exceptional circumstances”.