What is economic or financial abuse of a spouse or domestic partner?

Economic or financial abuse includes:

  • Withholding economic resources such as money or credit cards.
  • Stealing from or defrauding a partner of money or assets.
  • Exploiting the intimate partner’s resources for personal gain.
  • Withholding physical resources such as food, clothes, necessary medications, or shelter.
  • Preventing the spouse or intimate partner from working or choosing an occupation.

These symptoms may occur in alcoholic or addictive relationships as co-dependency grows.


Drunks, Drugs & Debits: How to Recognize Addicts and Avoid Financial Abuse by Doug Thorburn


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