The consequences of domestic abuse, also known as intimate partner abuse, are more insidious than many people might imagine. You probably already understand that such victims can be injured not just physically but also emotionally and that those wounds can be even harder to heal. It's fairly common knowledge, as well, that the trauma of an abusive relationship can significantly impact the victim's family, particularly their children.
But did you know that there are often significant financial implications as well? Read on to learn more.
The Financial Fallout of DV
Up to 60% of survivors of IPV lose their jobs as a direct or indirect result of the abuse. That could be because:
- The victim loses too many days of work due to injuries, court dates, or other reasons
- The victim's performance at work suffers simply because of the fear, worry, and distraction they feel on a daily basis
- The abuser harasses the survivor at her workplace, leading to her being terminated or leaving her job
- The abusive partner commits financial abuse, restricting the victim's ability to maintain a car or afford transportation to work
- The victim is too embarrassed to appear on the job with bruises or other injuries or without an adequate wardrobe due to her partner's restrictions
In some cases, the abusive partner simply forbids the survivor to work, full stop.
Money Problems and Protective Orders
Moreover, some research has found that women who file for a PFA, or Protection from Abuse order, lose money as a direct repercussion—and are unable to recoup that loss or find compensation.
At first glance, a PFA can seem like a godsend. These court-issued documents forbid contact by the abuser. They can even result in criminal charges for abusers who don't abide by them.
However, beneath the surface are several real-world reasons why many women don't seek them. Ending the relationship this way could mean the family loses its breadwinner. Healthcare and childcare costs, mortgage or rent payments, or even the costs of moving to a smaller home can all be prohibitive.
There Are Legal Protections In Place
None of these hurdles, however, should stand in a woman's way if she is ready to leave an abusive relationship.
There are legal protections to help a PFA filer who's worried about finances. It's possible to compel the abuser to pay child and/or spousal support, attorney's fees, rent or mortgage payments, and other costs. No one should be forced to stay in a dangerous, debilitating household because of these economic concerns.
Everyone has the right to be safe, keep their children from harm, and earn a living. When intimate partner violence restricts that right, a PFA can help. And when a PFA is needed, attorney Joseph D. Lento and his team can help. Get in touch today with the Lento Law Firm so we can explain our services, answer your questions, and schedule a consultation. Call 888-535-3686.