There are some telltale signs of domestic violence that makes one know that a person is being abused, but what about the ones that are invisible?
One of the most invisible signs of domestic violence is financial abuse and many victims of domestic violence suffer from this. According to Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, a campaign that seeks to end domestic violence through financial empowerment, financial abuse occurs in 99 per cent of domestic violence cases.
Financial abuse is when one partner has control over the other partner’s access to economic resources, which forces victims to depend on the perpetrator financially thereby reducing their financial independence.
Examples are, refusing a partner to work, run their own business or engage in any financial activity; taking their money, forging their signature or name, withholding money, spending money on addiction, sexual services at the expense of their well being and up-keep, keeping them in the dark concerning the family finances and assets.
Tennis star and women’s rights advocate, Serena Williams has lend her voice to this cause by joining the Purple Purse as an advocate and ambassador. According to her, financial abuse is meant to keep domestic violence victims from having an easy way out. Abusers use finances as a weapon that keep victims trapped in toxic and dangerous relationships.
“In the U.S. one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and in almost every case, financial abuse also occurs. Every time I say this statistic out loud it shocks me — that one woman could be a friend, a family member, a colleague. We have to do better and get those numbers down,” Serena tells Huffpost.
Watch her here