By: Clarissa Tapia
EL PASO, Texas – It's no surprise that couples share everything.
However, that might not be such a great idea, especially if your partner likes to be in control of everything.
A new type of abuse among women is on the rise, and the scariest part about it is that it leaves no visible scars.
Kim Gandy, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence said, “If your credit has been ruined, you can’t get an apartment. If you’ve been fired twice because your abuser harasses you at work, you can’t get a job. Women are literally being forced, because of financial dependency, back into abusive relationships.”
Gandy is talking about financial abuse, the newest form of harassment batterers use to control their partner.
For Mario Salazar, who had never heard of this type of abuse, even the idea of it was alarming.
“That's really horrible actually, to do that to your own partner. I think that’s a really low blow," said Salazar.
Domestic violence advocates emphasize the importance of financial independence as key to leaving abusive relationships, and Salazar couldn't agree more.
“Get educated. That’s probably the main thing, is get educated on how to manage your own money," said Salazar.
A new study by Rutgers University School of Social Work, found that out of about 450 domestic violence survivors surveyed, nearly 10 percent reported a higher quality of life after going through the financial training.
Experts warn that if you know your partner's name, Social Security and your partner's mother's maiden name, you can pretty much do whatever you want.
Therefore, thinking twice about sharing this type of information might be a good precaution.
In the end, Salazar couldn't have said it any better.
“I guess you just really have to trust the person that you’re with," said Salazar.
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