The Hidden Problem: Economic Abuse in Young People (Catalyst Magazine)

Picture yourself having an argument with your partner over money.

Your boyfriend never brings his wallet, and you end up paying for everything. Or, he offers to take care of all your banking, but ends up controlling your account.

Say you break up, but your ex is still causing you problems.

Maybe you bought a phone for your partner, but you’re still paying for it. Maybe when he left, he smashed up the house, but your name is on the lease and you have to pay for the damage.

You probably don’t think of those examples as domestic violence, but that’s exactly what they are. Defined as economic abuse, it occurs when someone controls your access to your money, assets, or your capacity to acquire assets, in order to control you.

Read my Catalyst Magazine article on economic abuse among young people.

For support and information about economic abuse and other forms of family violence contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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