One of the biggest hurdles that prevent domestic violence victims from escaping the abusive relationship is a lack of money. Restricting a victim’s access to money is the main tactic used by abusers to control every aspect of the victim’s life, making it extremely difficult for the victim to escape and start a new life on their own.
The abuser controls the victim financially by limiting the victim’s access to bank accounts, having the victim account for every expense, requesting any salary earned to be handed over immediately once received and in some cases not allowing the victim to work and earn money.
Personal Finance Writer, Michelle Crouch, writes about how a victim can work on building their financial independence while still living with the abuser, while making the victim’s safety a top priority. Steps include:
- Assess your financial situation
- Set up a way to communicate privately
- Open a bank account
- Pull your credit report
- Start building your credit history
- Get help
- Establish a budget you can stick to
View the full article here to read a detailed explanation of each step.