Assets for Independence Resource Center

Domestic Violence Survivors

Helping Domestic Violence Survivors Build Assets

Financial independence is often a pathway out of an abusive relationship. For those who wish to or who have left their abusers, many  survivors are faced with considerable debt, poor credit, no credit history, lack of savings, and other financial hardships—often directly due to economic abuse they have experienced. Over the past several years domestic violence agencies and asset building organizations have begun exploring ways to boost the financial strength of domestic violence survivors.

This section will highlight ways that domestic violence service providers and AFI project staff can collaborate to bring IDAs and asset building strategies to domestic violence survivors. It provides information for AFI projects on the nature of domestic violence and economic abuse, materials for domestic violence service providers about a range of asset building services that can help their clients, and training materials for both communities on how to best help domestic violence survivors access financial services and savings programs that would be most helpful to them.

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Helping Domestic Violence Survivors Build Assets

About This Initiative

What AFI Grantees Need to Know about Domestic Violence and Economic Abuse

What Domestic Violence Agencies Need to Know about Asset Building Programs

Strategies for Partnering between AFI and Domestic Violence Agencies

AFI Serving Domestic Violence Survivors Toolkit

Chapter 1: Introduction and Background Information

Chapter 2: Information for Domestic Violence Service Providers

Chapter 3: Information for AFI Grantees

Chapter 4: Additional Resources

Downloadable PDF versions of the toolkit (full toolkit and by chapter)

Recorded Webinar Introducing the Toolkit

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