Community Engaged Learning Partnership Produces New Report on Financial Abuse
A new report produced through a Community Engaged Teaching and Learning partnership is drawing attention to an often-overlooked form of intimate partner violence: financial abuse. The report, titled “Hidden in the Everyday,” is the result of collaboration between CESI, the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto, and psychology students Sonia Zawitkowski, Emma Currie, and Brianna Wilson under the supervision of Dr. Paula Barata at the University of Guelph. It explores financial abuse and its impact on survivors through qualitative and quantitative interviews and surveys. As a Community Engaged Teaching and Learning project, the partnership involved students working with community partners around shared research interests to meet community-identified needs.
The report has already contributed to increased awareness about financial abuse as a form of intimate partner violence in the media: for example, The Globe and Mail wrote a summary of the report, highlighting that it indicates a need for additional research on financial abuse.