Financial Abuse


Financial abuse involves forcing the victim to be financially dependent on the abuser by cutting off their access and control of money and financial information. Examples include:

  • stealing from or defrauding someone;
  • withholding money to buy food or medical treatment;
  • manipulating or exploiting someone for financial gain;
  • denying access to financial resources;
  • preventing a person from working or controlling their choice of occupation;
  • denying access to financial information such as how much money is coming in, how much is owed;
  • controlling the bank accounts;
  • forcing the person to have all expenditures and purchases approved by the abuser;
  • taking away cheque book or credit cards;
  • forcing the victim to work to support the abuser; and/or
  • refusing to account for the spending of family money.