Financial abuse can be very subtle. Its a form of abuse that is often ignored or played down in society.
The important thing to remember is that any money you earn remains yours. What you personally elect to do with those funds is your choice and no one elses. A person should never be made to feel guilty about their expenditures.
With so many people still unaware of the signs of Financial abuse we need to start educating society. Here are some examples of finalcial abuse:
Giving you an allowance and closely watching what you buy.
Placing your paycheck in their account and denying you access to it.
Keeping you from seeing shared bank accounts or records.
Forbidding you to work or limiting the hours you do.
Preventing you from going to work by taking your car or keys.
Getting you fired by harassing you, your employer or coworkers on the job.
Hiding or stealing your student financial aid check or outside financial support.
Using your social security number to obtain credit without your permission.
Using your child’s social security number or Centrelink reference number to claim an income tax refunds without your permission.
Maxing out your credit cards without your permission.
Refusing to give you money, food, rent, medicine or clothing.
Using funds from your children’s tuition or a joint savings account without your knowledge.
Spending money on themselves but not allowing you to do the same.
Giving you presents and/or paying for things like dinner and expecting you to somehow return the favor.
Forcing you to increase your work hours in order to receive a higher income.
Using their money to hold power over you because they know you are not in the same financial situation as they are.