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Domestic violence and its financial impact

Domestic violence is perhaps no less common in Massachusetts than other states. There are instances where one partner accuses the other of domestic assault. However, there are far more instances when these allegations are true. This may make it difficult, though not impossible to prove the accused partner’s innocence, particularly if that partner is a man. Why is this?

Over the past few years, the #MeToo movement spread from Hollywood to D.C. and took down a lot of executives, celebrities and politicians along the way. While not always, in most of these instances, the accused person was a man. In fact, CNN reports that every day, at least three women die at the hands of husbands and boyfriends. Add children, friends, innocent bystanders, a new partner or law enforcement officers to the numbers and the death toll of domestic abuse climbs even higher.

Sometimes domestic violence takes the route of financial manipulation rather than just assault. Forbes shares several examples of this. For instance, one partner may open up several accounts under the other partner’s name, allow the bills to climb and then not pay them. The other partner then takes the credit dings and overall financial hit. When that partner decides to leave, and even when they have not yet done so, their partner may call their workplace constantly until employers feel compelled to let them go for safety reasons. Overwhelmingly, the perpetrators in these scenarios are also men.

Forbes estimates that domestic violence costs the U.S. economy $8 million in missed paid workdays. On an individual level, 60% of domestic abuse survivors end up losing their jobs as a result of domestic violence. This may seem like a whole different side of domestic violence, but statistics show that financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic abuse cases.

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