Domestic Abuse Awareness Week – 23rd to 27th November
This year, the domestic abuse agencies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are focussing on financial abuse and its role in domestic abuse.
In the current financial climate, many families and individuals are struggling with their finances. Abusive relationships are generally understood to be those where there is physical or sexual abuse or emotional and verbal abuse. However, in many abusive relationships, restricting or preventing the victim from accessing finances is another means to exert control.
Examples of financial abuse include;
- stealing from or defrauding someone;
- withholding money to buy food or medical treatment;
- manipulating and exploiting someone for financial gain;
- denying access to financial resources;
- preventing a person from working or controlling their choice of occupation;
- witholding information about income and debts;
- controlling the bank accounts;
- monitoring and approving all expediture
- taking away cheque book or credit cards;
- forcing the victim to work to support the abuser; and/or
- refusing to account for the spending of family money.
This year’s campaign will focus on financial abuse, and will include;
- A series of press releases on financial abuse and the credit crunch
- Publicity blitz at public offices and locations
- Networking events
- Radio Campaign
- Series of training events aimed at services who offer debt advice
Page Last Updated: 17 November 2011