1 December 2013
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Domestic Violence
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According the the Cycle of Power and Control seen in my previous post here, financial abuse is part of physically and emotionally abusive relationships. WomensLaw.org defines it as making or attempting to make a person financially dependent, e.g., maintaining total control over financial resources and withholding access to money, are some forms of financial abuse (also called economic abuse). Below is information on how to recognize financial abuse:

Specific signs of Financial Abuse in relationships may include:

Keeping her “barefoot and pregnant.”

This entails keeping the woman pregnant just about every year of the relationship which can prevent her from seeking or keeping employment. Between doctor’s appointments, child care and housework she may be unable to obtain or maintain employment. The financial abuser often uses guilt to deter her from wanting to do anything without the kids or may call her a bad mother.

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Megan, a native of Kansas City, Kansas is an empty nest parent of three adult children Ayanna, Jonathan and Isiah. Megan is a Christian and active in ministry at her church Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Arlington, TX. She is currently a Doctoral student working toward a Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University. Her personal interests include independent film, music and marriage enrichment. Megan is the co-founder of the Minority Behavioral Health Provider Networking Group along with colleague Cynthia Thompson.

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