Crook County Family Violence is proud to be able to offer the Allstate Financial Empowerment Curriculum for survivors of domestic violence.
Domestic violence survivors deserve access to housing, jobs and economic resources for their families, whether they leave abusive relationships or remain in them.
Every strategy and story within the curriculum is designed to help survivors navigate the complex challenges they will encounter. It explores the possible choices and identifies community resources to help survivors build financially independent lives.
The curriculum was developed to help provide survivors with:
- resources to strengthen survivor confidence in order to take action and strategies to address the financial and safety challenges of ending a a relationship with an abuser
- information to better understand the difference between assets and income and debts and liabilities
- ideas to access your credit report and suggestions on how review and improve your credit score
- strategies to identify various financial paperwork and recall the various loan and housing options available
- tactics to understand financial fundamentals and basic steps to building a strong financial base, including budgeting, saving, building credit, and managing debt
About the Allstate Foundation
Nearly 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence during their lifetime. And, research shows that lacking financial knowledge and resources are the main reasons why victims of domestic violence return to or remain in relationships with their abusers. This type of abuse – called economic abuse – affects tens of thousands of women each year. Economic abuse prevents victims from acquiring, using or maintaining financial resources. Abusers employ isolating tactics such as preventing their spouse or partner from working or accessing a bank, credit card or transportation.
Survivors of domestic violence and economic abuse need specialized tools and strategies to address financial challenges and plan for safe, secure futures. However, few resources exist for programs designed to assist survivors with the economic challenges they face. That’s why the Allstate Foundation is taking action. As the corporate foundation of a financial services company, they are uniquely positioned to provide survivors with financial knowledge, skills and resources.
Since 2005, the Allstate Foundation has partnered with The National Network to End Domestic Violence, Inc. (NNEDV) to assist in the economic empowerment of domestic violence survivors. A social change organization, NNEDV works to create a society in which violence against women no longer exists. Together, the Allstate Foundation and NNEDV are working to help survivors of domestic violence build their financial skills as a way to escape abusive relationships, get safe, stay safe and thrive.