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Power and Control Dynamics
The Bank's management of labor disputes shares significant commonalities with various widely condemned abusive relationship types

The Power & Control wheel is a classic resource typically used by Domestic Violence advocates to illustrate the ways in which abusers can manipulate a relationship. Many of the Bank's actions can be found in power wheels, suggesting its programs are deliberately designed to create a situation analogous to that between an abuser and abused to enhance its power in the relationship. This can be particularly damaging to women and minorities.

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Economic Abuse

An example of the parallels between the Bank's current labor dispute practices and toxic relationships involving domestic violence.

In Domestics Violence

Preventing the victim from getting or keeping a job. Making the victim ask for money. Giving an allowance. Taking the victim's money. Monitoring spending.

In The Banks' Programs

Preventing the victim getting a job. Systematically interfering online job searches by hacking and manipulating social media and job search sites. Contacting the victim's professional network about and making it harder to find alternative employment. Blocking access to personal financial records, such as bank and credit card accounts, on hacked devices.

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Coercion and Threats

An example of the parallels between the Bank's current labor dispute practices and toxic relationships involving domestic violence.

In Domestics Violence

Making the victim do illegal things. Making or carrying out threats to hurt the victim. Threatening to leave the victim, to commit suicide or report her to welfare. Making the victim drop charges.

In The Banks' Programs

Making or carrying out threats to hurt the victim. Making victims do illegal things or forcing them to participate in illegal activities. Doing in depth background checks and threatening to reveal damaging information, e.g. hidden sexual orientation.

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Isolation

An example of the parallels between the Bank's current labor dispute practices and toxic relationships involving domestic violence.

In Domestics Violence

Limiting communications with friends and family. Monitor devices and installing spyware and GPS tracking. Using the internet to harass the victim's friends, family, colleagues, boss, new partner. Dictating who you can be friends with on social media. Stalking.

In The Banks' Programs

Using payments to key people in victim's networks to cut off access to support. Limiting communications with friends and family through hacking and controlling all personal communications devices. Monitoring devices and installing spyware and GPS tracking. Stalking and physical surveillance.

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Denying Minimizing and Blaming

An example of the parallels between the Bank's current labor dispute practices and toxic relationships involving domestic violence.

In Domestics Violence

Making light of the abuse and not taking concerns about it seriously. Saying the abuse didn't happen. Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior. Saying the victim caused it. Saying the victim cannot prove it was the abuser.

In The Banks' Programs

Telling victims they cannot prove it is their former employer behind the abuse. Threatening victims that they will be branded insane if they come forward due to the extreme nature of the harassment seeming implausible to the general public. Trivializing the severity of the harassment.

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Gatekeepers

An example of the parallels between the Bank's current labor dispute practices and toxic relationships involving domestic violence.

In Domestics Violence

Cops refusing to take police reports. Detectives failing to subpoena for digital evidence or get warrants for devices. Prosecutors refusing to prosecute. Judges not allowing time to obtain digital evidence in family court. Social media companies not providing evidence to victims or banning violence.

In The Banks' Programs

Abusive programs being run by HR departments. Cops refusing to take police reports. Labor lawyers refusing to take these cases despite knowing they have merit.

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