Financial Capability Among Survivors of Domestic Violence

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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.

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