Financial Abuse is where much of your finances, are being controlled, you do not have a say over them, or you are forced to take financial responsibility, it also can relate to your employment.
Financial Abuse, in its common forms, might be:
- Not having access to your own money like access to your credit or debit card.
- Someone borrowing your money and never giving it back.
- Stealing your money.
- Taking your benefits or pension or inheritance.
- Not allowing you access to shared money.
- Not being able to spend your own money freely and needing to explain everything you buy.
- Forcing you to beg for money from friends or family.
- Preventing you from becoming financially independent through, e.g. getting a job or forcing you to give up your job.
- Taking out loans, credit cards, credit agreements, mortgages, and/or running up debts in your name.
- Not allowing you to buy basics such as food, clothing or items that children need.
- Forcing you to change wills, and property agreements.
- Tricking you into investments or schemes.
- Making you sell your belongings or property without you wanting to.
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