Economic harm can be difficult to identify, as it is less visible than physical violence. However, the impact can be severe and long-term, impacting the financial wellbeing of a person even after the harmful behaviour itself has stopped.
It's important to acknowledge also that economic abuse can lead to other forms of abuse, including violent behaviour.
This is why it's so important to learn the signs of economic harm. According to Good Shepherd, some of these might include:
unequal decision-making in how household money is spent;
pressure to sign financial documents;
threats to be cut off financially during arguments;
no or reduced access to your own or your family bank account;
needing permission to use your own or your family's money;
having to explain spending for everyday items and basic needs;
being coerced or forced to give up work/go to work/stay home.