Economic Abuse & How He Strategically Used It By Exploiting Me Online Without My Knowledge Or Consent.
Identifying economic abuse is important. If I had known these things when it was taking place in my life, I would have stopped it then.
Economic abuse can be your abuser causing issues at your work place, calling your employers and lying about you in order to get you fired.
It also includes online exposure which is actioned without your consent or knowledge which can lead to you not being able to find employment due to your name being tarnished online.
This is what my abuser did to me without my consent or knowledge.
The website he created was online for a year before I realised it was there causing me to lose employment opportunities.
Using your credit cards and not paying it, breaking your property or stealing/withholding your property are more examples of economic abuse.
Be aware of these things, especially when applying for a divorce or have intentions of leaving your abusive partner.
Economic abuse can cause resulting damage such as tarnishing your good credit record, affecting your retirement as well as your monthly income in order to take care of your family and children.
If you are suffering due to the affects of economic abuse and have any form of evidence to prove it, I urge you to go to SAPS and open a case. It falls under the domestic violence act in South Africa.
WHAT IS ECONOMIC ABUSE?
Domestic abuse takes many forms. Some abusers repeatedly dictate their partner’s choices and control their everyday actions, becoming violent or threatening to become violent if their demands are refused. An abuser may restrict how their partner acquires, uses and maintains money and economic resources, such as accommodation, food, clothing and transportation. This behaviour is known as economic abuse.
AN ABUSER MIGHT DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Control how their partner acquires money and economic resources, such as:
preventing their partner from being in education or employment
limiting their working hours
taking their pay
refusing to let them claim benefits
refusing to let them access a bank account.
Limit how their partner uses money and economic resources, such as:
controlling when and how money is spent
dictating what their partner can buy
making their partner ask for money or providing an allowance
checking their receipts
making their partner keep a spending diary
making them justify every purchase made
controlling the use of property, such as a mobile phone or car
insisting all economic assets (e.g. savings, house) are in their name
keeping financial information secret.
Sabotage their partner’s ability to maintain economic resources, such as:
1. steal their money or property
2. causing damage to their property
3. refusing to contribute to household costs
4. spending money needed for household items and bills
5. insisting all bills, credit cards and loans are in their partner’s name and make their partner pay them
6. build up debt in their partner’s name, sometimes without their knowledge.
THE IMPACT OF ECONOMIC ABUSE
In the context of coercive control, economic abuse is almost always perpetrated by a male abuser against a female victim.
Economic abuse reinforces or creates economic instability. In this way, it limits women’s choices and ability to access safety. Lack of access to economic resources can result in women staying with an abusive partner for longer than they would like and experiencing more harm as a result. Economic stability is therefore linked to physical safety.
The impact of economic abuse makes rebuilding lives challenging. Many women leave with nothing – having no money even for essentials – and have to start again from scratch.