When people say that abuse is one of the main reasons for divorce, they’re correct, but they should specify exactly what type of abuse they mean. It can look very different in different situations. For instance, people could suffer from physical abuse, emotional abuse or financial abuse.
That being said, some experts do note that these are often closely connected. Two or more could take place at the same time in the same dysfunctional relationship.
For instance, one woman’s financial abuse involved her husband controlling their finances entirely, taking her paychecks away from her, forging her signature when he needed it for some financial documents and even taking things so far that her career was at risk. This massive financial abuse also coincided with physical abuse that started shortly after the wedding.
She was not alone. Some reports have claimed that, when looking at women who suffer from physical abuse, a staggering 98 percent of them also deal with financial abuse. This can force them to stay in the relationship because they feel like they have no means to escape.
“It’s one of the tactics batterers use to enforce their control and keep women in the relationship,” said one expert, showing that this connection is certainly no accident.
Abuse is terrible, and it’s often very hard to figure out how to leave that type of relationship even when you know that you should. If you find yourself in this position, make sure you know exactly what legal options you have. No one deserves to live like that, and there are steps you can take to protect yourself.