- Series: Healing From Hidden Abuse
- Paperback: 225 pages
- Publisher: MAST Publishing House; First edition (June 22, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997829028
- ISBN-13: 978-0997829020
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exposing Financial Abuse: When Money is a Weapon (Healing From Hidden Abuse) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 22, 2018
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About the Author
Shannon Thomas, LCSW is the best-selling author of Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse, and the owner/lead therapist of an award-winning counseling practice in Southlake, TX.
As a leading therapist, Thomas is one of the few in the field to bridge the gap between pop culture and clinical advice.
Thomas has been featured in top media outlets including Business Insider, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Finance, Teen Vogue, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Romper. Her first book, Healing from Hidden Abuse, is an international bestseller and serves as a roadmap for book studies and host groups in ten countries and 43 states across the United States. Thomas also coined the "Six Stages of Healing" model, which has been met with favorable reviews and high applause from readers and medical professionals across the world.
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The book begins by outlining some of the major red flags and tactics behind financial abuse. By keeping the victim from being financially independent, the perpetrator is able to force others to remain dependent on them. But like subtle abuse, this behavior is not always so obvious. It can be insidious, confusing, and downright mind-boggling. The abuser may project their own behavior onto the target, blaming them for the financial predicament that the abuser caused.
In one instance, the abuser even withheld money from the victim receiving medical help and prescriptions. And on the other side, there are partners who secretly build up debt in their partner's name, burying families in seemingly insurmountable problems.
But my favorite part of this book is that it also offers solutions. While many books about abuse simply suggest "just leave and go No Contact", this is not feasible advice when it comes to financial abuse. Often times, the abuser has a literal hold over the target's entire financial independence. So Shannon offers many creative approaches to managing these impossible situations safely. She also offers an entire section on protection, so this book can help anyone, even people who have not yet experienced financial manipulation.
Thank you to Shannon and all of the people who shared their stories in this great book!