Financial Abuse is Domestic Violence

Financial Abuse is Domestic Violence

by Patricia Fersch, Contributor for ForbesWomen:

Financial abuse occurs when the abuser uses financial means such as withholding child support or spousal support payments to keep their “other” under their control. It is a form of coercion and control. It often occurs when the survivor is dependent on the abuser for support.

Research indicates that financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic violence cases. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that since 2016, financial abuse as a condition of a contact’s experience has grown 13% annually. Financial abuse like all domestic abuse occurs across all socio-economic, educational, and racial and ethnic groups.

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