Economic Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence
One reason people don't leave abusive relationships may be that they are experiencing "economic abuse." Agencies that help survivors overcome domestic abuse may be able to help by offering economic advocacy.
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, financial abuse happens when the abusive partner controls access to money and other resources. It might include:
- Controlling how money is spent
- Withholding basic living resources, medication or food
- Not allowing a partner to work or earn money
- Stealing a partner’s identity, money, credit, or property
Economic advocacy "centers on the strengths and resilience of survivors and provides tools and options to promote the prosperity among survivors and their children." The Texas Council on Family Violence serves as a clearinghouse for information and resources and promoting economic justice for survivors of domestic abuse.
Economic safety planning can be part of the process of safety planning if you're thinking of leaving an abusive relationship.
Learning how to see the dynamics and complexities of economic abuse can help survivors overcome it. The Texas Council on Family Violence trains advocates in economic safety planning (both following a crisis and for the longer term). Ask your nearest family crisis center if they can help with economic safety planning: to find help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.