Lisa Rabasca Roepe


The Hidden Face of Financial Abuse

99 percent of domestic violence victims also experience financial abuse

Every time Lori bought groceries with a check, she would write it for an extra $5 to $10 and pocket the difference. At home, when no one was watching, she would stash the money inside tampon applicators in her bathroom where she hoped her abusive husband would never look. Each time she collected $100, she took those bills to a bank in the next town and exchanged it for $100 bill so the money would be easier to hide. After two years, she saved the $2,600 needed to hire an attorney and file for divorce.

“That was the longest two years of my life,” says Lori. “I lived in fear that he would kill me.”

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