While abuse between family members can take many different forms financial violence almost always coexists with other types of violence.
Financial violence can happen to wealthy people – to people living comfortably and to very poor people.
It has nothing to do with how much money is available – it’s about how money is used to control someone.
A study by RMIT estimated that at least 16% of women and 7% of men in Australia were aware of having experienced financial violence.
Financial violence happens in all sorts of ways but Emma’s story is worth telling because it demonstrates how easily it can happen and how difficult it can be to recognise.