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In Focus: The Financial Side of Abuse (UT)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

In Focus:The Financial Side of Abuse

"SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - One of the most common questions surrounding domestic violence is, "Well, why doesn't she leave?" Victims and advocates say, it's not that simple.

One of the many reasons a victim might stay with an abuser is because they simply have nowhere else to go.

Evelyn Cervantes is a caseworker with the Peace House in Park City.  She explained, "According to the Centers for Financial Security, over 99% of people who experience intimate partner violence experience financial abuse."

Financial abuse can take many forms: the abuser may coerce the victim into switching jobs or not working entirely, giving a restrictive allowance, or hiding the keys so the victim can't get to work. Financial abuse is any action that forces the victim to rely on the abuser, perpetuating a violent and controlling relationship.

Organizations like the Peace House exist all over Utah and can help the victim find the funds they need to get to safety..."

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