An abuser may control you by controlling your finances.
- Financial abuse can continue after the relationship is over by refusing to pay maintenance, taking you through family court unnecessarily
- Many victims cannot afford to leave their abuser and finances are sometimes one of the reasons they stay.
Signs of financial abuse
You may be experiencing financial abuse if someone:
- Witholds your money or controls your finances.
- Steals money from you.
- Gambles money (shared or your own) that’s needed for essentials.
- Uses money (shared or your own) for alcohol or drugs.
- Controls what you spend your money on.
- Stops paying agreed-upon bills.
- Stops you from earning your own money, not allowing you to go to work.
- Gets in the way of your future progression; stopping you from studying, taking courses etc.
- Steals your identity.
We can support you through our helpline if you believe that you or a loved one are experiencing financial abuse, so please give us a call if you need guidance.
If you relate to this information you are not alone; there is help available.
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