Kerry Washington Sheds Light On An Invisible Kind Of Domestic Abuse
"Kerry Washington Sheds Light On An Invisible Kind Of Domestic Abuse"
by Melissa Jeltsen Huffinton PostPosted:
"On Monday, the Emmy-nominated actress spoke out about an often-overlooked reason why women stay in abusive relationships: Domestic Abuse.
"'It's the reason why so many people stay,' she said in an interview with The Huffington Post. 'That whole hashtag #WhyIStayed that happened last week, you saw how many of those responses were about feeling trapped financially.'
"Financial abuse is a tactic often used by abusers to control and isolate their partners. It takes many forms: Abusers may drastically limit their victims' access to cash so they have no money of their own if they want to flee. They may sabotage their victims' ability to work, or pile up debt under their victims' names. Experts cite financial abuse as one of the top reasons why many victims are unable to escape abusive relationships.
"'I think people just aren't as aware of financial abuse,' Washington told HuffPost. 'If a woman isn't even aware of the dynamics of financial abuse -- what it looks like, what it is -- she may not even know that that's part of the tools being used to control her and manipulate her and keep her trapped. When there is more information around it, people can begin to identify it and then get the help they need.'
"'Finances are almost always a weapon of choice,' she says in the video. 'Taking away access to cash, destroying credit, jeopardizing jobs -- financial abuse leaves invisible bruises that can take decades to heal.'