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Economic Abuse is when one intimate partner has control over the other partner's access to economic resources, diminishes the victim's capacity to support themselves and forces them to depend on the perpetrator financially. Ninety eight percent of domestic violence victims are also victims of economic abuse. It is common for the victim to receive less and less money as the abuse continues. This abuse also includes (but is not limited to) preventing the victim from finishing education or obtaining employment, intentionally squandering or misusing communal resources, hiding funds, and taking out debt in the victim’s name. Often, the economic abuse tactics used by abusers are crimes.
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