UNABLE TO LEAVE: ECONOMIC SABOTAGE AND EXPLOITATION IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS by Futures Without Violence

Published February 4, 2019

“Inevitably, when I share with an acquaintance that I work to end domestic violence, I am met with the response, “Well, why doesn’t she just leave?”

In my experience, the answer to this question is: “Because she can’t afford to.”

Survivors I have spoken with often share common stories about how their partner caused them to lose a job, sell their possessions, or caused them to generate thousands of dollars in credit card charges in their name – leaving them with limited job prospects, no resources, and crushing debt. Domestic violence is about power and control. And often there is no better way to exercise power and control over another person than by sabotaging their economic well-being. The impacts of economic abuse are devastating to both the immediate and future welfare of survivors and their children.”  Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, Program Manager, Economic Justice and Workforce Initiatives https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/unable-leave-economic-sabotage-exploitation-abusive-relationships/

Leave a Reply