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Do you know a victim of economic abuse?

Posted on: June 29, 2009

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Economic abuse is often a “silent” aspect of domestic violence that many Americans are unaware of or are hesitant to discuss. It’s a tactic commonly used by domestic violence abusers to control their victims’ finances to prevent them from leaving a dangerous relationship.
 
According to a new national poll released by The Allstate Foundation:

  • 70 percent of Americans know people who are or have been victims of domestic violence – – – but nearly the same percentage of Americans fail to see a connection between domestic violence and economic abuse. 
  •  Instead, when Americans hear the term “economic abuse,” 77 percent Americans think of Wall Street woes (e.g. corporate greed or irresponsible spending) and don’t associate it with something that could be happening in their own neighborhoods.

The Allstate Foundation provides the following signs to recognize economic abuse:
– Taking money, credit card or property from a partner without their permission
– Racking up debt without a partner’s knowledge
– Purposely ruining a partner’s credit score
– Forbidding a partner from earning money or attending school
– Being forced by a partner to hand over paychecks
– Cancelling insurance or credit cards without the partner’s knowledge
– Harassing a partner at work to negatively impact a job

The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with NNEDV, recently developed a Financial Empowerment Curriculum to help victims achieve financial independence. The curriculum includes financial tools and information designed to enable survivors of domestic abuse to fully understand their financial circumstances, as well as engage in short-term and long-term planning (e.g., budgeting tools, step-by-step planners, tips, etc.) to accomplish their personal goals. 
 
The user-friendly curriculum is available in a variety of formats, including hard copy, Spanish-language, DVD and downloadable versions at www.ClickToEmpower.org to help people of all incomes and earning power work toward long-term economic empowerment.

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