Lived Experience Stories

Joanne*

Joanne*

Case Study: I survived decades of psychological, sexual, and economic abuse from my ex-husband and he has cost me everything. I lost my car, my home and my business, and years of my life through legal abuse. I had to start from scratch as a 50 year old. I’m currently...

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Lily*

Lily*

Case Study: I had been married before when I met the perpetrator, and he was charming at first.  We moved in together in a place that he owned and we bought a second place with the proceeds of the sale of my previous home. The idea was we’d both own both...

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Amelia* 

Amelia* 

Case Study: My kids were not yet school age when I separated from my husband of 12 years because of his abuse. But the abuse escalated when I left. Among other things, he assaulted me and took off with the kids without permission. He has continued the abuse in various...

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May*

May*

I was with my ex-husband for 13 years and came into the relationship with my own place and my own business.  In the years before separation, I had years of expensive IVF treatment and then treatment for cancer, so I’d been working casually. I was working four to...

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Christina*

Christina*

** This story includes descriptions of domestic and family violence ** I think there’s an element of financial grooming before financial abuse actually happens because in the early days of our relationship, Jacob paid for everything and splashed money...

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Lainie*

Lainie*

Lainie was with her husband from her late teens to her late 30s and had two children with him. She experienced coercive control including economic abuse which continues to the present day. Her now ex-husband hasn’t seen their kids in more than 10 years and owes her...

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If you’re worried you might be experiencing economic abuse, or you’re concerned about someone else, please explore the CWES Financial Safety site for information and services that may be able to help.
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