As society learns more about domestic violence, those in relationships may consider themselves victims of non-physical domestic violence. What does it mean to accuse a person of financial domestic violence?
The National Network to End Domestic Violence dives into what financial abuse looks like. Those accused of such violence should understand where the accusations stem from.
At its core, financial domestic violence involves hiding financial information, blocking financial access and limiting a person’s ability to earn a living. This category of abuse also centers on scaring, controlling or pressuring another person.
Effects on the other person
An alleged victim of domestic abuse may notice signs of financial domestic violence early in the relationship, or it may not come to the person’s attention until she or he attempts to end the relationship.
Besides making a person feel locked into a relationship, other effects of financial abuse include depriving a person of financial security or peace of mind after ending the relationship. Without this sense of financial ease, alleged victims may either remain in what they perceive as an abusive relationship or return to the relationship.
Common forms of monetary violence within a relationship include badgering the person at work hoping to jeopardize employment opportunities and maintaining tight control over finances within the relationship. Those accused of financial abuse may keep a significant other from earning an income and prevent the person from going to school, undergoing training or otherwise advancing in a career. Another example is intentionally ruining someone’s credit score.
Anyone perceived as a financial abuser should understand as much as possible about the form of domestic violence. A thorough understanding may help develop a strong legal defense.