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Domestic Violence kills an average of three women a day and is the leading cause of injury for women ages 18-44.
This is the Truth: Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, yet financial abuse happens in 99% of all domestic violence cases. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free. Physical abuse leaves bruises and scars. Financial abuse is an Invisible Weapon that traps victims in abusive relationships.
What Is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that a person uses against their current or former intimate partner. It happens in relationships where the abuser and the victim are (or were) dating, living together, married or divorced. Domestic violence is purposeful behavior. A batterer’s pattern of abusive acts is directed at gaining and maintaining control over the victim.
What is Financial Abuse? Financial abuse prevents victims from acquiring, using or maintaining financial resources. Financial abuse is just as effective in controlling a victim as a lock and key. Abusers employ isolating tactics such as preventing their spouse or partner from working or accessing a bank, credit card or transportation. They might tightly monitor and restrict their partner’s spending. Victims of financial abuse live a controlled life where they have been purposely put into a position of dependence, making it hard for the victim to break free. In 99% of all domestic violence cases, financial abuse helps keep victims trapped in the abusive relationship.
Domestic violence affects us all. It costs the U.S. economy more than $8.3 billion each year, is the leading cause of family homelessness and the single largest category of calls received by local police. Courageous survivor requests for help are up, but staffing and budgets for services are down.
On an average day in 2015, more than 12,000 pleas for help from victims went unmet due to lack of funding. But you can help; click here to donate.