Diana Clement: The tell-tale signs of financial abuse

August 8, 2022

Opinion: Family violence often focuses on physical acts. What’s often not discussed is financial or economic abuse

It’s widespread in New Zealand and is the basis of a campaign by social lender Good Shepherd New Zealand to raise awareness.

Victims of financial abuse don’t always realise what’s happening. The tell-tale signs, says Nicola Eccleton, manager social inclusion at Good Shepherd, include:

• Having to ask for money for basic needs.
• Being coerced to stay home and not work.
• Not having access to the family bank account.
• Being denied decision-making power over how the household money is spent.

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