Coronavirus has made financial abuse more common, experts say. Here’s what to do about it.



“Economic abuse is really pervasive where family violence is present,” said Alison Macdonald, the CEO Of Domestic Violence Victoria.

“It’s one tactic to manifest power and control over someone else.”…

“The pandemic is being used to justify their controlling behaviours — things like limiting access to money, controlling someone’s ability to acquire and use money, or making threats about the family’s economic security,” Ms Macdonald explained…

Unfortunately, some abusers are also using programs like the Early Release of Super Scheme to control their partner’s finances.

“We are really concerned about what it means as we know it will undermine their financial security later in life,” Ms Macdonald said.

ABC News
15/7/20