Today, Monday 29th April 2019, Women’s Aid and AIB unveiled the ‘Abusive Teller Machine’ to highlight the incidence of financial abuse in Ireland, bringing to life how financial abuse manifests across 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 their partner. By controlling a person’s access to financial resources, the abuser ensures that they will be forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship or facing extreme poverty.
Filmed in AIB’s The Lab in Dundrum Shopping Centre in early April, the ‘Abusive Teller Machine’, a specially created ATM, was programmed with the kind of controlling questions all too common in financially abusive relationships. As customers attempted to access their money the questions became increasingly intrusive and intimidating before the customer was ultimately denied their money and the reason for their experience revealed.