Economic abuse makes it difficult for someone to leave their relationship if they have no job, no money, or their credit score is ruined.
Sometimes partners use economic tactics to intentionally keep you from leaving a dangerous or unhealthy relationship by gaining control over money and finances. They use intimidation and power to keep you dependent on them so that you won’t leave.
Economic abuse is when your partner:
Forces you to hand over your paychecks
Puts you on an impossible budget
Makes you account for every penny you spend
Keeps you from getting or keeping a job
Interferes with your job or your school studies
Uses your credit card or money without your permission
Cancels your credit cards or insurance policies without your knowledge
Does not include your name on your joint bank accounts or joint assets (house, car, motorcycle)
Controls your access to money or economic resources
Tries to weaken your ability to support yourself
Tries to make you dependent financially on them
Makes it difficult for you to gain financial independence
Does not treat you like an equal partner in anything money-related
Get the Help You Need
Call the Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline number 1.866.223.1111 to talk about your options, receive information and learn about resources. Advocates in the Day One network can help you develop a safety plan and give you options of how and when to leave, if this is an option you are considering.