The Invisible Abuse: Financial Abuse

There is a type of domestic abuse that is getting more and more attention these days: financial abuse. In some relationships, financial abuse exists even when other forms of abuse do not.
Financial abusers gain power and control by limiting their partners’ access to cash and other assets or by concealing information about finances. It is one of the most powerful methods of keeping a victim trapped in a relationship and greatly reduces her (his) ability to subsist after leaving. Survivors report that concern over their ability to provide financially for themselves and their children was a major reason for staying in or returning to an abusive relationship.

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