While domestic violence is often depicted as strictly physical, there are many different types of abuse that don’t result in bruises and broken bones.
But that doesn’t mean they are any less harmful.
Earlier this month, writer Zahira Kelly, who tweets under the handle @bad_dominicana, kickstarted a conversation about non-physical types of abuse with her viral hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou. The hashtag, which was primarily aimed towards women in heterosexual relationships, triggered an outpouring of stories about relationships that were abusive and dangerous, even in the absence of physical assaults.
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by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
About Financial Abuse and Credit Repair
A significant number of survivors of domestic violence experience financial abuse (also referred to as economic abuse) as part of an abusive partner’s tactics to maintain power and control and to further isolate the victim from resources and support. Research indicates that financial abuse is experienced in 98% of abusive relationships (National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2015). Financial abuse can include limiting a partner’s access to assets, concealing information about and accessibility to family finances, withholding or stealing money, interfering with work, and other tactics. Consequently, survivors often face barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and many find themselves unable to leave an abusive partner – or forced to return – for economic reasons. Read more…
“The ‘Scandal’ star appeared at an event in New York as an ambassador for The Allstate Foundation, which runs an initiative called ‘Purple Purse‘ to raise awareness of domestic abuse. As the campaign’s spokeswoman, Washington designed a limited-edition purple purse to draw attention to the role of money in abusive relationships.”
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/16/kerry-washington-domestic-violence-abuse_n_5823600.html
The article reports, “Financial abuse occurs in 98 percent of abusive relationships, whether in the form of restricting access to a spouse’s credit, or draining assets once a victim attempts to leave. For spouses who see their options gradually dwindle, money may be the reason to stay in a relationship or come back after trying to get out.”
Read the full article at: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2011/04/26/how-to-stop-domestic-financial-abuse