Author’s note: This article discusses domestic violence and abuse.
Domestic abuse is an epidemic in this country. From emotional abuse to physical violence, leaving an abusive relationship can be the hardest thing a person will ever have to do. And now, with rent prices skyrocketing across the world, it’s even harder to leave. Helen Nianias recently wrote a piece on this growing global issue in which she provided shocking statistics and she spoke to women stuck in relationships because they can’t afford to pay rent. Here’s the information you need to know:
- 28% of people in relationships in the UK stated financial security is a major factor in why they are staying in their current relationship.
- Rent in Manhattan hit an all time high in 2015 and vacancy in Los Angeles is currently only 3.3 percent.
- A woman interviewed for the piece was forced to move in with her financially abusive boyfriend because she got fired from her job and although she was able to eventually leave she continues to be harassed and bribed.
High rent is forcing people to stay in abusive relationships to avoid being homeless.
You can read Nianias’ full article here.