Mountain Crisis Services:
Mountain Crisis Services assisted a victim/survivor of domestic violence and her two children, after she fled from a violent relationship. During the process of gaining trust with the client, she disclosed to the advocate that she was experiencing severe financial abuse for years. She disclosed that every month she was given an allowance to purchase groceries and had to make sure the money lasted all month. She began gardening to save money on produce to stretch the little money she had for groceries. Additionally, she disclosed that she received an allowance for gas money. This amount was minimal and she was told that it could only be used for transportation to grocery shopping and family doctors’ appointments. Any additional gas funds would need prior approval. Furthermore, her communications with family and friends were restricted. She was highly educated and had multiple college degrees. She couldn’t utilize her college education because she was not allowed to work.
During the time she was with Mountain Crisis Services, she was able to obtain a temporary restraining order, receive full custody of her children, purchase a vehicle, attain her dream job, use her degrees, and can now afford to live comfortably in her new permanent home. This woman is a true survivor of financial abuse and through her journey with us, has shown strength and resilience with a smile on her face.