Prevent men’s violence against women

Financial abuse

What is financial abuse?

Financial abuse can be subtle, with a perpetrator gradually taking control over bank accounts and financial transactions. Financial abuse can also be obvious, violent and threatening. For example, someone may forbid their partner from working or spending their wages.

Signs of financial abuse

Financial abuse includes:

  • someone taking complete control of finances and money
  • restricting access to bank accounts
  • providing an inadequate allowance and monitoring what their partner spends money on
  • forbidding a partner to work
  • taking a partner’s pay and not allowing them to access it
  • preventing them from getting to work by taking her keys or car
  • identity theft to secure credit
  • using their credit card without their permission
  • refusing to work or contribute to household expenses

Learn more about the other types of abuse.

What to do if you are experiencing financial abuse

If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help now.

 

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