Let’s Talk About Financial Abuse
Financial abuse is a very common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship. Financial abuse includes behaviors to intentionally manipulate, intimidate, and threaten the victim with intent to trap the person in the relationship.
Financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic violence cases. National Network to End Domestic Violence
Survivors are often forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship or risking homelessness, affecting the lives and safety of not only themselves, but the children they take with them.
Here at The Women’s Safe House, we believe that survivors should receive all the tools necessary to rebuild their lives free of violence and sustain safe, permanent housing after leaving shelter.
We are the only shelter in the area serving women and their dependent children fleeing domestic violence or sexual assault that offers a 12-month after service program providing women who have exited the shelter with continued advocacy and case management, financial literacy via the United Way ASSET Program that provides education, credit counseling, and savings match, employment assistance and life skills training, transportation assistance, food, and emergency financial assistance for one year.
In August, TWSH staff and volunteers assisted residents with resume preparation, conducting mock interviews, picking out business casual outfits from donated clothing in The Women’s Safe House Boutique (pictured), and provided transportation to the Urban Expo Back to School Job Fair where the residents had tremendous success! Of the 7 residents that attended, 7 completed 18 job interviews, and 7 received a total of 13 job offers! Each resident completed at least one job interview and received at least one offer.
For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month and ways to help, visit our DVAM page.