An ATM machine that is abusive & # 39; was revealed to highlight financial abuse in Ireland today.
The & quot; Abusive Teller Machine & quot; was launched by Women's Aid and AIB to show how financial abuse manifests itself in daily interactions in abusive relationships.
According to Women's Aid, financial abuse is a form of domestic violence in which the abuser uses money as a means of controlling his or her partner. By controlling a person's access to financial resources, the offender ensures that they will be forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship or facing extreme poverty.
Filmed at The Lab at the AIB Dundrum Shopping Center in early April, the "Abusive Teller Machine," a specially created cash machine, has been programmed with the kind of control of very common issues in financially abusive relationships.
As clients tried to access their money, the questions became increasingly intrusive and intimidating before the client ended up denying their money and the reason for their revealed experience.
Women's Aid is a leading national organization that has been working in Ireland to end domestic violence against women and children since 1974. As a large financial institution in Ireland, AIB wants to ensure that even the most at-risk of its clients are being served and collaborating with Women's Aid to address the lack of awareness about domestic financial abuses.
Speaking about the collaboration, the woman's aid director, Margaret Martin, made a point of highlighting the prevalence of financial abuse throughout Irish society.
"Earlier this month, we published our annual impact report, which highlighted the level of contacts we have received in the past 12 months; Of the 19,000 contacts, there were more than 1,500 disclosures of financial abuse from all origins and regions of the country. We know this is just the tip of the iceberg. "
The collaboration will see Women's Aid and AIB's work on raising awareness about financial abuse, with AIB providing training for staff supporting and referring women who may be affected by financial abuse.