GNWT HSS

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.