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Using money to control a spouse is domestic abuse

Financial abuse is something that many people don't think about when they are in a marriage. There are some cases in which a spouse might use money to control the other spouse. This is actually a form of domestic abuse, so it is imperative that everyone understands some points about this.

One thing that makes financial abuse the weapon of choice for some abusers is that it is invisible. People outside of the marriage might not see that there is an element of financial abuse in the relationship since they can't see that one person is being controlling with the money.

It is estimated that financial abuse is a factor in around 99 percent of domestic violence cases. This is one of the most effective ways to control a person, and it is also one of the most underhanded strategies that abusers use.

By not allowing the victim to have financial resources, the abuser can isolate the victim so that he or she can't have any contact with people outside of the marriage. This financial control can extend to the victim not being able to afford things that he or she needs to live, such as medications and other items.

A person who is having to endure any form of domestic abuse might decide that it is time to get out of the relationship. One step that might be necessary to do this is to get a restraining order so that the abuser doesn't have the right to come in contact with you without having to violate a court order. If the person does violate the restraining order, he or she can face legal consequences of doing so.

Source: Purple Purse, "About The Invisible Weapon: Financial Abuse And The Weaponry Abusers Use," accessed Aug. 03, 2017

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