Economic Abuse Fact Sheet

Wider Opportunities for Women

May 1, 2013
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Abusers often use economic tactics to gain power and control over a survivor. This abuse most commonly occurs within domestic or dating violence, but can also be present in sexual assault or stalking. Economic abuse can have severe and lasting consequences on survivors’ economic security and undermines their ability to recover from trauma or be independent from an abuser. For example, abusers can seize or damage possessions that can be essential to a survivor finding a job or remaining employed, like cars, work uniforms, and identification. Similarly, ruined credit can be a barrier to renting a home, applying for college, receiving loans for a car or business, and even securing a job. Service providers and the justice system can take steps and employ a number of tools to help survivors address the immediate and long-term consequences of economic abuse.