1. Control over finances: The abuser controls all the money, including income and expenses, leaving the victim with little or no access to financial resources.
  2. Forced financial dependence: The victim is forced to rely solely on the abuser for financial support, making it difficult for them to leave the relationship or make independent financial decisions.
  3. Withholding financial information: The abuser may hide financial documents, bank statements, or other important financial information from the victim to keep them in the dark about their own financial situation.
  4. Sabotaging financial stability: The abuser may intentionally sabotage the victim’s financial stability by preventing them from working, pursuing education, or maintaining a job.
  5. Coerced debt or fraud: The abuser may coerce the victim into taking on debt or engaging in fraudulent activities, leaving the victim responsible for financial consequences.

Reclaiming control from financial abuse involves several steps:

  1. Recognize the abuse: Acknowledge that you are experiencing financial abuse and understand that it is not your fault.
  2. Seek support: Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or organizations that specialize in assisting victims of financial abuse. They can provide emotional support and guidance on how to regain control of your finances.
  3. Create a safety plan: Develop a safety plan that includes steps to protect yourself financially, such as opening a separate bank account, securing important financial documents, and seeking legal advice if necessary.
  4. Build financial independence: Take steps to become financially independent from the abuser, such as finding employment, pursuing education or training, and creating a budget.
  5. Seek legal assistance: Consider seeking legal assistance to address any legal issues related to the financial abuse, such as obtaining a restraining order or pursuing financial restitution.
  6. Practice self-care: Take care of your physical and emotional well-being by engaging in activities that promote self-care and healing, such as therapy, exercise, or spending time with supportive loved ones.

Remember that reclaiming control from financial abuse may take time and courage, but it is possible with the right support and resources. You deserve to live a life free from financial manipulation and coercion.

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