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Exposing Financial Abuse: When Money Is a Weapon (Healing from Hidden Abuse) Paperback – June 22, 2018
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Within Exposing Financial Abuse: When Money Is a Weapon, you will be given the opportunity to pull the curtain back and see into the lives of those who have been financially harmed by someone close to them. Taking a closer look at this hidden world is a unique gift that cannot be taken lightly or without honor for those who have chosen to allow us to peek into the most personal aspects of their lives.
Test yourself. How would you describe financial abuse? It is quietly happening all around us and is hidden within our neighborhoods and communities. You probably know someone who lives within a financially abusive household, and you don't even know it.
What is financial abuse? Has your spouse or parent taken out lines of credit in your name without your consent? Does your ex-spouse suddenly stop paying child support as a means of furthering their abuse and control over your life? Has your partner moved money from your joint account to a secret individual account without your prior knowledge or consent? Do your parents use financial gifts as an open door to demand future compliance on your part? Are you blamed for creating financial stress but are not the one who overspends? Did your ex-spouse hide his or her income from being included in the calculations for child and/or spousal support? Have your religious leaders said that you must give to the church first, even if that means you cannot provide for your household's basic needs? Do you carry the full burden of making enough money for your household because your partner refuses to maintain steady employment?
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Thomas has been featured in top media outlets including The Oprah Magazine, Associated Press, Business Insider, Reader's Digest, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Finance, Teen Vogue, Elite Daily, and Bustle. Her first book, Healing from Hidden Abuse, is an international bestseller and serves as a roadmap for book studies and host groups in ten countries and 43 states across the United States. Thomas also coined the "Six Stages of Healing" model, which has been met with favorable reviews and high applause from readers and medical professionals across the world.
- Publisher : MAST Publishing House; First edition (June 22, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0997829028
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997829020
- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.59 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #545,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book begins by outlining some of the major red flags and tactics behind financial abuse. By keeping the victim from being financially independent, the perpetrator is able to force others to remain dependent on them. But like subtle abuse, this behavior is not always so obvious. It can be insidious, confusing, and downright mind-boggling. The abuser may project their own behavior onto the target, blaming them for the financial predicament that the abuser caused.
In one instance, the abuser even withheld money from the victim receiving medical help and prescriptions. And on the other side, there are partners who secretly build up debt in their partner's name, burying families in seemingly insurmountable problems.
But my favorite part of this book is that it also offers solutions. While many books about abuse simply suggest "just leave and go No Contact", this is not feasible advice when it comes to financial abuse. Often times, the abuser has a literal hold over the target's entire financial independence. So Shannon offers many creative approaches to managing these impossible situations safely. She also offers an entire section on protection, so this book can help anyone, even people who have not yet experienced financial manipulation.
Thank you to Shannon and all of the people who shared their stories in this great book!
But there is little professional advice about what to do or resources that will help you recover financially or emotionally. Very disappointing.