Not all abuse is physical. One tough-to-detect method of control and domination is financial manipulation, and victims may not always be aware they’re being exploited.
Girls Just Wanna Have Funds points out signs of financial abuse and suggests ways to fight them. Here are a few types of financial abuses:
* Monitoring purchases and cutting off access to funds. Domineering providers insist on being the sole source of income and treating significant others like children. These abusers might mete out minimal allowances and invade the victim’s privacy by forcing them to account for every penny spent.
* Threatening to leave. Abusers might worm their way into controlling all financial aspects of a significant other’s life, then exploit the victim by threatening to abandon them penniless unless they obey their every command.
* Unwillingness to contribute. Leech-like abusers guilt loved ones into taking care of them, spending their shared income and dragging the couple deeper into debt while making no effort to help out.
Victims can escape the abuse by leaving, reaching out to help from friends or nonprofits or government agencies. If you’re a victim and don’t know where to start, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
Financial Abuse: 6 Signs And What You Can Do About it [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]