Karma has put an end to the reign of terror of Geoff Metcalfe. Karma and a very substantial fall from the roof of no 6 Coronation Street. Fortunately there are faster and easier ways to identify and extract emotional and economic bullies from our lives. This article is a basic survival guide.
Coronation Street and Financial Coercive Control
Like Yasmeen, we all breathed a collective sigh of relief as abusive husband Geoff met his demise, plummeting onto the unforgiving cobbles of Coronation Street.
For months we easily identified Geoff’s controlling and coercive behaviour against Yasmeen
However identifying this bullying was not easy for Yasmeen, after relentless brainwashing by Geoff
Isolating her from the support of her family and friends.
Undermining her self confidence and self esteem by spurious criticism of her.
Policing her movements during the day.
“Gaslighting” her, to cause her to doubt her own sanity, and ignore the red flags.
However like Yasmeen, over 80% of domestic abuse cases also feature economic abuse.
One in five UK adults has experienced economic abuse by a current or former partner
Common features of economic coercive control might include –
Denying your financial privacy – checking your bank statements
Asking to see your receipts from shopping
Controlling your spending
Persuading you not to train to improve your career prospects
Sabotaging your job opportunities
Taking sole ownership of all assets
Takingsole control ofjoint bank accounts
Controlling your use of credit cards
Spending freely, whilst limiting your spending to an “allowance”
Running up a debt by fraudulently obtaining credit / loans in your name
This is clearly abusive behaviour, and no one deserves treatment of this sort.
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