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The Invisible Form of Violence: Economic Abuse in Intimate Partner Violence

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 Category II CEs

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  3000 Financial Social Work |  700 Professional Growth & Development |  Special Offers
Judy Postmus |  Seante Hatcher, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
90 minutes



Despite research documenting multiple forms of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), the predominant perception of physical violence still dominates. One frequently hidden or “invisible” form of abuse perpetuated within intimate partner relationships is economic abuse, also referred to as financial abuse.  

Join us as the Dean of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Judy Postmus, PhD is interviewed by Seantè Hatcher, LCSW-C,  Assistant Dean of the Office of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). about her research on financial Abuse and new book Building Financial Empowerment for Survivors of Violence: A Path to Hope and Freedom. 


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Judy L. Postmus, PhD, ACSW

Judy L. Postmus, PhD, MSWJudy L. Postmus, PhD, ACSW
Dean of the School of Social Work

Judy L. Postmus began her term as dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) on July 1, 2020. Selected after a nationwide search, Postmus succeeded Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, who had served as the school’s dean since 2006.

Postmus joined UMSSW after 14 years with the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. She was a professor as well as associate dean for faculty development and strategic initiatives (2018-2019) and associate dean for research and faculty development (2019-2020).

Postmus’ research has focused on the physical, sexual, and economic victimization of women. At Rutgers, she was the founder and director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (2007-2018), which works to eliminate physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and children — and the power imbalances that permit them — through multidisciplinary research, education, and community engagement.

Before her tenure at Rutgers, Postmus held appointments at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, the State University of New York (SUNY)-Albany School of Social Welfare, and The Union Institute in Miami, Fla.

In 2016, Postmus received a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), within the U.S. Department of Justice, to create the Rutgers Violence Against Women Research Consortium. The consortium works collaboratively with interdisciplinary researchers and NIJ research scientists to identify, implement, and disseminate research and evaluation projects that fill the gaps in our current knowledge on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and teen dating violence.

Born and raised in Miami to immigrant parents, Postmus says she always wanted to help those who are oppressed based on race, gender, and class, and she sees her role as UMSSW dean as a return to those roots. She began working with at-risk youth and their families in Liberty City, Fla., an environment where racism and poverty were rampant and violence erupted in response in this disenfranchised community.

After earning her MSW degree from the Barry University School of Social Work in 1990, Postmus worked as a program director and associate director at Miami Bridge, a runaway and homeless youth shelter in Miami, and then as executive director of Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc., in the Florida Keys. She received her PhD from SUNY-Albany School of Social Welfare in 2002.

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Define Financial Abuse. 

  • Recite the prevalence of financial abuse as it relates to IPV. 

  • List three ways to assess financial abuse with clients.  

Bibliography & References


  • Postmus, J.L., & Stylianou, A.M. (2023). Building Financial Empowerment for Survivors of Violence: A Path to Hope and Freedom.
  • Postmus, J.L., & Stylianou, A.M. (2023). Building Financial Empowerment for Survivors of Violence: A Path to Hope and Freedom.
  • Postmus, J.L., Lin, H.F., Nikolova, N. & Johnson, L. (2022 online). Perpetrating economic abuse across the Globe: Results from the U.N. multi-country study on men and violence in Asia and the Pacific. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma
  • Postmus, J.L., Nikolova, K., Lin, H.F.*, & Johnson, L. (2022). Women’s economic abuse experiences: Results from the UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(15-16): NP13115-NP13142
  • Davila, A.*, Johnson, L.,* & Postmus, J.L. (2021). Understanding economic abuse and its impact on the mental health of Latinas in the United States: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(1-2): NP287-310.
  • Hoge, G.L., Stylianou, A., Hetling, A., & Postmus, J.L. (2020). Developing and validating the Scale of Economic Self-Efficacy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35(15-16): 3011-3033.
  • Hetling, A., Hoge, G.L.*, & Postmus, J.L. (2016). What is economic self-sufficiency?  Validating a measurement scale for policy, practice, and research.  Journal of Poverty, 20(2): 214-235.
  • Postmus, J. L., Plummer, S. B., & Stylianou, A.M.* (2016). Measuring economic abuse in the lives of survivors: Revising the Scale of Economic Abuse. Violence Against Women, 22(6): 692-703.
  • Silva-Martinez, E., Stylianou, A.M.*, Hoge, G.L.*, McMahon, S.M.*, Plummer, S.B., & Postmus, J.L.  (2016). Implementing a financial management curriculum with survivors of IPV: Exploring advocates’ experiences.  Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 31(1): 112-128.
  • Hetling, A., Postmus, J.L., & Kaltz, C.* (2016). A randomized controlled trial of a financial literacy curriculum for survivors of intimate partner violence.  Journal of Family & Economic Issues, 37, 672-685.
  • Postmus, J.L., Hetling, A., & Hoge, G.L.* (2015).  Evaluating a financial education curriculum as an intervention to improve financial behaviors and financial well-being of survivors of domestic violence: Results from a longitudinal randomized controlled study.  Journal of Consumer Affairs, Spring: 250-266.
  • Hetling, A., Stylianou, A.M.*, & Postmus, J.L. (2015). Measuring financial strain in the lives of survivors of intimate partner violence.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(6): 1046-1064. 
  • Stylianou, A.M.*, Postmus, J.L., & McMahon, S. (2013). Measuring Abusive Behaviors: Is Economic Abuse a Unique Form of Abuse?  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(16): 3186-3204.
  • Huang, C. C., Postmus, J.L., Vikse, J.H.*, & Wang, L.R. (2013).  Economic abuse, physical violence, and union formation. Children & Youth Services Review, 35:780-786.
  • Postmus, J. L., Plummer, S., McMahon, S. & Zurlo, K.  (2013). Financial literacy: Building economic empowerment with survivors of violence. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34:275-284.
  • Postmus, J. L., Plummer, S., McMahon, S., Murshid, N.* & Kim, M.* (2012). Understanding economic abuse in the lives of survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27: 411-430.

Course Completion & CE Information

Category II Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 1.5Category II Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $25 and includes CE credit. Registering after October 1, 2023 will add a $20 Late Fee.



No refunds or transfers. 

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