What is financial abuse and can it happen to teens?

Brian Pinero, Director for the National Dating Abuse Helpline, explains how spot financial abuse in a relationship and shares advice on how to resolve it
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What is financial abuse and can it happen to teens?

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Financial abuse, I think a lot of times people don't think that can happen in a teenage relationship. When you think about dating someone, you're going to the movies, and you're going out and doing cool things together. Maybe you go to plays or a sporting event. Maybe you are always expected to pay. Financial abuse can be that, no matter what you do, you are expected to pay. That can happen with both genders. It can happen to a male or female. Maybe it's to loan them money. "If you were going to be a good girlfriend, you would loan me the money. " You can also see it in college relationships too. You move into your first apartment with someone and all the bills are in your name. The apartment is in your name. You have to have access to your credit card, they are charging things and you are expected to pay for them. Financial abuse can begin as early as 13 or when you start dating or going places.

Brian Pinero, Director for the National Dating Abuse Helpline, explains how spot financial abuse in a relationship and shares advice on how to resolve it

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Brian Pinero

Abuse Helpline Coordinator

Brian Pinero is the director of the National Dating Abuse Helpline, the advocacy service provider behind loveisrespect.org. Through loveisrespect, teens and young adults can receive crisis intervention and education about healthy relationships via text, chat or phone. Pinero has dedicated over 10 years to helping teens and has previously supervised youth shelter services, been an investigator at Child Protective Services and worked as a juvenile probation officer. 

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