Financial bullying is common in relationships

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Re “Money can be cause of bullying” (Business, Claudia Buck, Dec. 8): The term “bullying” today conjures images of hazing, online threats and other types of normalized childhood torment. What most people don’t know is that bullying follows us through life, potentially in our marriages and other personal relationships. Financial bullying can happen fast, as the person with the main income within a relationship typically has the ultimate say in the household finances of the household and may use his or her position to exert power over the spouse. The control the breadwinner has is enough to shatter even the most stable of foundations. Financial bullying needs to be discussed more frequently, as families tend to keep it behind closed doors. The subject may be difficult to bring up, but having an honest conversation about finances and bullying is worth it.

-- Ashley Barnes, Folsom

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