Financial abuse, along with emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, include behaviors to intentionally manipulate, intimidate, and threaten the victim in order to entrap a person in the relationship. In some cases, financial abuse is present throughout the relationship and in other cases financial abuse becomes present when the survivor is attempting to leave or has left the relationship. The forms of financial abuse may be subtle or overt but can include tactics to conceal information, limit the victim’s access to assets, or reduce accessibility to the family finances.
The Scarsdale Coalition on Family Violence and Healthy Relationships is raising community awareness to the issue of Financial Abuse this October as part of its efforts to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. Information, articles and videos will be made available on the Facebook page of the Scarsdale Coalition throughout the month. Our efforts will include a special presentation by Susan Carroll, Director of Training, Outreach, and Education from Pace Women’s Justice Center. Her presentation can be heard at the coalition’s community meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 25th at 9:00 am in Room 170-172 of the Scarsdale School District. The meeting is open to the public.