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and Economic Issues Economic Abuse: Less commonly recognized

By Cynthia K. S and Ph. D


and studied dimension of domestic violence – Survivors are commonly isolated from financial resources and knowledge – Economic abuse tactics commonly used by abusers: Complete control of financial resources Restricting a woman’s ability to pursue education or employment Exploiting her financial resources Disrupting employment causing job loss Financial issues may lead to other forms of abuse Economic Dependence – Women often remain with an abuser because they lack resources to live independentlyAdvancing Women’s Economic Status Creating strategies that address financial wellbeing, self-sufficiency, and self-efficacy are essential to addressing domestic violence – Short and long-term economic stability Strengthening economic status will: – Improve women’s ability to leave and not return – Retain more power in a relationship when choosing to stay Must all be approached with safety measures in place Why Savings and Assets Matter Positive effects that go beyond those of income alone (Sherraden, 1991) – Economic security/stability (Scanlon &Page

Year: 2013
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