Economic abuse or financial abuse is not often discussed or understood but is often present in relationships that have a history of domestic violence. It is in fact a form of domestic abuse and can manifest in many forms within a relationship. In some cases, a partner may refuse to work a job or contribute financially. Then there are situations where one partner restricts the other from being employed outside of the home. This behavior creates a dependency and a position of power, sometimes making it hard to leave the relationship. The dependent partner fears not being able to make it without the other’s financial support. While the other partner may reinforce that fear by saying thinks like, “you won’t have anything without me” or “you need me”.
Here are (7) red flags that you may be experiencing financial abuse:
- Partner refuses to work or makes excuses.
- Partner steals money.
- Partner refuses to allow you to work.
- Partner makes you hand over your paycheck.
- Partner limits your access to money i.e. puts you on an allowance.
- Partner monitors your spending.
- Partner constantly borrows money with no means or intentions of paying it back.
Dealing with financial abuse, it can keep a person on a roller coaster. You have to know when to cut your losses and move on.
“Building relationships of accountability and trust with all roads leading to love.” RATL
- Financial abuse principles (everydayredflags.wordpress.com)
- Some Facts and Figures on Domestic Abuse (ladywithatruck.wordpress.com)