Leslie’s advice for women: Look for red flags such as your partner being too overprotective, getting too serious too quickly, or being flashy with money. Look for inconsistencies in what they are saying about themselves and key facts about their life. Listen to your inner voice and make sure you can support yourself.

Women Breaking Free:
Stories of Strength from Survivors of Domestic Violence

A video series featuring Suze Orman, author, Women & Money

Standing in Their Power

Released in time for October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Suze Orman, Emmy Award-winning television host, motivational speaker and author, sits down with survivors of domestic violence to talk about one of the least discussed forms of abuse, financial abuse. In this seven part video series, we hear from incredibly brave women who share intimate details of abuse with the hope that by sharing their experience they will help change someone else’s life.  Orman, author of Women & Money, provides advice and insights that will help all women become strong, smart and secure.

The series of 10 – 14 minute videos is designed to raise awareness of the signs of financial abuse for both victims, as well as friends and family members of victims, and to provide tips to overcome it. Financial abuse can have the most devastating and long-lasting impact on the lives of survivors and their families. You’ll hear stories that include abusers who control their partner’s spending habits, preventing a partner from accessing bank accounts and keeping a partner from having a credit card.

You will feel inspired by the women’s courage and strength as they share stories of their abusive relationships and how they broke free.  The series was produced by The Hotline, with funding from the Avon Foundation for Women and Avon.  #WomenBreakingFree

Remember, each type of abuse is serious, and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind, for any reason. If you have concerns about what’s happening in your relationship, contact us. We’re here to listen and support you!

Special thanks Urban Resource Institute of NY for their partnership in the production of this series.

Warning: Some of the stories shared in these videos could be disturbing to hear.

Leslie is a 40-year-old successful professional working as an Avon representative and managing a team of 900 members. She first experienced emotional, verbal, physical, and financial abuse when she met a man who, unbeknownst to her in the beginning of their relationship was much older than she, he was 39 and she was 24. She says he made her feel protected, but now he is serving a lifelong prison sentence.

On their very first date, he caused a scene in a restaurant that got them kicked out and it embarrassed her. Still, she was not concerned because he was handsome, exciting, worldly, and charismatic. He told her she could have anything she wanted. After a few months, it got very serious and he wanted to get married. For the next six to eight months, he was in high demand at his job, but then he lost his car and had to borrow her car. He started doing drugs. She worked at the Red Cross and knew her job was in jeopardy if they ever found out she was around drugs. He then tried to pull her into criminal activities, by casing ATM’s and talking about robbing them and telling her, “This is what we’re going to do.” He stole her money and one day, while she was at work, he moved into her home but never contributed to the bills. She told herself, “This is not me,” but I didn’t know how to say no to him.

Soon, he started calling her stupid. He then hit her. He accused her of cheating on him. Slowly, she noticed her friends weren’t calling her back. People didn’t want to be around her. She knew he was overprotective, but she thought it was because he loved her. After a terrible breakup and six months of harassment, she was finally able to break free. Later, she found out he’d been arrested for murdering his friend.

Leslie’s advice for women: Look for red flags such as your partner being too overprotective, getting too serious too quickly, or being flashy with money. Look for inconsistencies in what they are saying about themselves and key facts about their life. Listen to your inner voice and make sure you can support yourself.

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