October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
1 in 4 women in the United States has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Learn how you can help by watching Women Breaking Free: Stories of Strength from Survivors of Domestic Violence, a video series hosted by financial expert Suze Orman, presented by The National Domestic Violence Hotline and funded by Avon.
The seven-part series is designed to raise awareness of the signs of financial abuse for both victims, as well as friends and family members of victims, and provide tips to overcome it. Financial abuse can have the most devastating and long-lasting impact on the lives of survivors and their families. Financial abuse keeps victims tied to their abusers even when there is nothing physically preventing them from leaving, and can take many different forms. Stories include partners who control their partner’s spending habits, preventing a partner from accessing bank accounts and keeping a partner from having a credit card. TheHotline.org lists ways a partner extends power and control into the area of finances.
National Domestic Violence Hotline and Avon Partner with Suze Orman To Shed Light on Financial Abuse in Special Video Series: