Domestic Abuse and the Economy 

In tough times, the entire family can feel the effects of a job loss or a financial struggle, but for those touched by domestic abuse, the pains of a bad economy can run much deeper.”I think our economy has made people who are already perpetrators do this more and worse and it has made a few people who might not otherwise have been as violent, be more violent.” Says, Francine Stark, Training Coordinator at Spruce Run.She adds, an abuser’s way of thinking stems from the need for control.”Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior, of coercive behavior, that may or may not include physical violence. But it’s the perpetrator using this to have control over their partner, over their children, and their family.”She says some may use tough financial times as an excuse to lash out.”People that have a pattern of being abusive, in these times, it’s another excuse for them to use all the kinds of tactics they’ve been using before or get even worse.”Stark says the struggling economy and bad job market is also making it more difficult for those in an abusive situation to get out.”Many of the victims of abuse are losing their jobs and losing their hopes for plans they have to try to get away to make things better.”Stark explains, one good thing is that, despite the bad economy, there are still places victims can go to get help.”We still have a legal system in place that serves to assist people in extending their safety. Law enforcement is going to be just as responsive to people who are abusive in these times as before these times.”Spruce Run is still able to operate on a 24 hour basis and help people find the resources they need.For more information on domestic abuse or to get help, you can contact Spruce Run by calling their 24 hour hotline at 1-800-863-9909 or visit their website at