They say it takes 7 seconds to make a strong first impression. With that said, I ask that you give me at least that much to read why I am choosing to become the face and voice of domestic financial abuse.
In recent years, I became a victim of financial abuse which is all too common in domestic violence but generally less understood and does not get as much widespread attention. No matter how many times I say it in my head, it doesn’t lessen the pain and humiliation of what I went through. In fact, it is even harder to put my thoughts down in writing since my very own words are staring right back at me as a haunting reminder. Like most victims of domestic violence, I never thought it would happen to me. I was smarter and stronger than that (or so I thought). Since there is not as much awareness for this type of abuse, I am hoping that by sharing my story, others in similar situations will feel that they are not alone in feeling isolated and worthless.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) defines financial abuse as “a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship.” If you feel that you are trapped in this type of abusive relationship, please seek help. The only way to end domestic violence is to have the courage to break the silence and take a stand. Together we can make a difference!