Economic abuse is an experience of many girls and women throughout their lifespan. In many societies housework and child-rearing are considered women’s responsibilities and are unpaid and devalued forms of labour. Often not being part of the paid workforce is used by abusers to justify economic abuse. Women are often blamed and degraded for not contributing economically to the household. Some abusers control women by forcing them to do something in exchange for money. In this exchange, he gets what he wants like sex and for the woman it is often the only way she is able to get basic needs such as food for her and her children.

“Whenever I needed clothing or anything, I had to beg for the money”

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