Title

Financial Capability Among Survivors of Domestic Violence

Document Type

Contribution to Books

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Survivors of domestic violence often lack financial resources and knowledge, and many women remain with or return to an abusive partner because they are economically dependent (Sanders, 2007; Sullivan, 1991). Understanding and addressing financial dimensions of abuse is essential to helping women successfully deal with domestic violence. This chapter begins with a discussion of the role economic factors and financial issues play in domestic violence. It then describes an innovative community collaborative that provides financial and economic development services to low-income survivors of domestic violence, and provides empirical evidence on outcomes. The conclusion focuses on implications for social work practice, education, policy, and research.