“Not a lot of people really know about financial abuse,” Williams said to Mic. “It’s an invisible but also really devastating form of domestic abuse that traps victims in these harmful relationships.”
Williams’ announcement came alongside a hidden-camera-style video that featured ride-sharing passengers in a car who discover a purple purse with a phone inside that has been left behind. The phone soon begins ringing with a series of alarming and foul texts that indicate an abusive relationship. Obvious horror spreads across the passengers’ faces.
“Let’s see how far u get with no money and no job. U have nothing without me” is the last text sent to the phone before a call comes through from a young woman asking to meet the passengers so she can get her lost purse. Upon meeting, the obviously worried passengers ask for reassurance that she’s in no danger.
Financial Abuse Is a Form of Domestic Violence and Serena Williams Wants You to Know About It