When most Washington residents think of domestic violence, they imagine one partner physically abusing or perhaps using a weapon on the other partner. They only think about the physical aspect, but the truth is that domestic violence encompasses much more than physical harm. Emotional and sexual abuse are also forms of domestic violence. What many don't know is that financial abuse can also constitute domestic violence.
Financial abuse involves one person's control over the other's money. Many couples pool their money into a joint account and appoint one person to be in charge of the bills, so financial abuse may not be immediately obvious in a relationship. The husband might, for example, constantly check an account balance and question every purchase the wife makes, even if she contributes toward the household income. He might take possession of her checks and credit cards and prohibit her from buying anything. In some cases, he might even forbid her from obtaining an education or job.