ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND RESTORATION
To escape a violent relationship, victims of domestic violence need economic security - the availability of a steady and reliable source of income to sustain daily living and allow planning for the future.
Gaining Financial Security is the #1 Obstacle
Survivors of domestic violence most often cite financial stability as the reason behind their decision to stay with or return to abusers.
It is difficult for domestic violence victims to gain financial security and stability unless: they have access to the following:
- Social and economic supports such as child support, child care, housing, transportation, public benefits, trained and experienced attorneys
- Jobs that pay a living wage (with benefits and opportunities for career advancement), educational and job training programs
- Longer-term means of support such as savings plans or retirement accounts.
No Escape without Resources
Abusive partners want victims to be under their control, so they often sabotage survivors' efforts to become more financially independent by:
- Causing upset and injury before key events, such as tests or job interviews
- Threatening or harassing partners at work
- Preventing them from going to work or school
- Failing to provide child care or transportation as promised
- Refusing to pay bills
Consequently, these forms of power and control by abusers can interfere with victims' education, job training and ability to keep steady work.
PCADV´s Economic Justice & Empowerment Initiative
The PCADV Economic Justice & Empowerment initiative offers comprehensive support and assistance to member programs, to make them more able to help survivors overcome immediate economic barriers and secure long-term financial independence and safety.
PCADV provides Technical Assistance to advocates who help domestic violence victims. Advocates may contact Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Project Manager, for more information.
The Allstate Foundation Partners with PCADV
for Job Training and Readiness Skills for Domestic Violence Victims
By preparing victims for the workplace and teaching them budgeting and financial planning skills, this initiative gives them the tools to obtain employment, save money and start new lives free from abuse.
The Allstate Foundation’s grant strengthens and expands financial education services for victims at all of PCADV’s local domestic violence programs. The grant also supports a pilot site at Wise Options, the domestic violence program in Lycoming County, where victims learn job readiness skills such as interview techniques and resume building and receive job training. This pilot site will set a standard for comprehensive, user-friendly and relevant financial education that effectively impacts victims’ decision-making.
In addition, victim advocates from across Pennsylvania are learning to use The Allstate Foundation’s “Moving Ahead Through Financial Management” curriculum with their clients.
For more information, please contact Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq., project manager at PCADV, at 1-800-932-4632.
- Wise Options in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette
August 11, 2013 article discusses the program's financial empowerment program supported by the Allstate Foundation
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PCADV Works to Secure Economic Justice and Restoration
- PCADV's member programs work in every county to provide domestic violence victims and families with emergency shelter, housing options and other services to help victims gain safety, financial stability and independence.
- PCADV provides technical assistance and training to advocates, social workers, and others who help domestic violence victims, on topics such as financial education, job skills training, higher education opportunities, working with the welfare system, navigating the Victims Compensation Assistance Program, and working with the child support enforcement system.
- PCADV legal department attorneys provide technical assistance to advocates and attorneys who help domestic violence victims with housing, employment, custody, and other legal challenges.
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- Public Policy
- Domestic Violence Verification Form (PA 1747)-Pa. Dept. of Welfare Form for good cause, family violence option waiver
- New Challenges for the Battered Women's Movement: Building Collaborations and Improving Public Policy for Poor Women by Susan Schechter, Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 1999
- Expanding Solutions for Domestic Violence and Poverty: What Battered Women with Abused Children Need from Their Advocates by Susan Schechter, Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 2000.
- Strategies to Expand Battered Women's Economic Opportunities by Amy Correia, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 2000.
- Housing and Battered Women by Amy Correia and Jen Rubin, VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, 2001
- Welfare and Domestic Violence Against Women: Lessons from Research by Eleanor Lyon, VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, 2002
- Individual Development Accounts IDAs VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women Special Collection
- Credit VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women Special Collection
- Employment VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women Special Collection
- Housing VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women Special Collection
- Poverty VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women Special Collection
- Welfare VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women Special Collection