Economic Justice

The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence's Economic Empowerment Project (a program launched in partnership with the Allstate Foundation) aims to increase domestic violence providers’ knowledge and application of innovative best practices to increase access to services and economic empowerment for domestic violence survivors. By enhancing services and programs to include economic empowerment activities for survivors, strengthening and developing community collaborations with partners possessing economic justice expertise, and creating additional economic supports, we will educate, support and empower survivors of domestic violence in their efforts to achieve safety and economic security. For more information about Economic Empowerment for survivors, please click here.

Building Opportunities for Survivors' Success (BOSS)

The Partnership’s new Building Opportunities for Survivors’ Success (B.O.S.S.) Program is a targeted regional initiative launched with support from the Allstate Foundation. The B.O.S.S. Program will help three Sacramento-area service providers (my Sister’s House, WEAVE and the homeless services organization Women’s Empowerment) support domestic violence survivors in achieving the financial stability necessary to keep their families safe.  

Economic concerns are the most frequently cited reason survivors return to abusive relationships. In order for survivors to build new, violence-free lives, they must have a solid financial foundation. Over the course of the coming year, the Partnership will use funding provided by the Allstate Foundation to support the participating agencies in training their domestic violence advocates to teach Allstate’s financial curriculum to their clients.

By enhancing services and programs to include economic empowerment activities and training for survivors, we will educate, support and empower survivors of domestic violence in their efforts to achieve safety and economic security.
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The California Partnership’s Bay Area Economic Empowerment Project (BAEE)

Launched in 2010, The Partnership's Bay Area Economic Empowerment Project (BAEE) aimed to increase access to services and economic empowerment for domestic violence survivors by increasing providers' knowledge and application of innovative promising practices. The Partnership increased the capacity of local programs to respond to the unique economic needs of survivors and support their efforts to achieve safety and economic security through the provision of six (6) mini-grants. With support from The California Endowment (TCE), these mini-grants enabled participating domestic violence organizations to enhance their services to include economic empowerment activities for survivors and strengthen community collaborations with partners possessing economic empowerment resources.

BAEE Project Highlights:
• 756 survivors recognized financial abuse as a part of their domestic violence experience
• 233 survivors developed a budget/spending plan
• 125 survivors achieved a major financial goal

Promising Practices:
Each of the BAEE mini-grantees developed and documented promising practices related to economic empowerment for domestic violence survivors.

The Family Violence Law Center - worked with "Bank On Oakland" and its partner organizations to facilitate domestic violence survivors' access to low- and no-fee bank accounts. FVLC developed a step-by-step fact sheet that explains to survivors how to open up a bank account (for full report click here). They also developed a fact sheet that educates domestic violence survivors about the costs of using check cashing/payday loan institutions (for check cashing/payday loan fact sheets click here).

La Casa de Las Madres - developed a 3-part Economic Empowerment Workshop Series that addressed topics related to financial literacy and is tailored to the needs of victims of domestic violence (for full report click here). Participants received a workbook of materials, a binder, calculator, pen and paper, and completed homework that related to the in-class training. In the end, participants who completed the series received a Certificate of Completion.

Napa Emergency Women's Services - built upon existing community relationships to lead a multi-disciplinary group interested in self-sufficiency issues thereby improving the community response (for full report click here).

Narika - Narika's South Asian Economic Empowerment Development program (SEED) was designed to foster women's economic independence through the development of leadership skills, and the encouragement of personal and professional growth. The SEED Program consisted of independent 12-week training modules. Each module began with a formal participant needs assessment to identify strengths, goals, and tools required for professional advancement, such as ESL training, personal financial management tools, basic computer skills, and career development skills (for full report click here).

Next Door Solutions - developed a program that aimed to address the needs of domestic violence survivors need to become self sufficient. The first component of the program was the development of an interactive library that can be accessed online that provided clients with up-to-date information on various resources. The second component was the development and implementation of series of workshops on financial related topics that helped DV survivors become self sufficient (for full report click here).

The YWCA of Sonoma County - found a need for teaching budgeting, helping survivors learn to track their spending, and improve their saving habits. The income/spending "tracking tool" they developed provided a realistic look at how much money is being spent in daily living. (for full report click here; for monthly budgeting worksheet click here; for income tracking worksheet click here).

The California Partnership’s Rural Economic Empowerment Project
Patterned after the successful Bay Area project, The Partnership launched its' newest initiative, our Rural Economic Empowerment Project (REEP) in 2011. With support from The Allstate Foundation, The Partnership made five mini-grant awards to programs enhancing the economic empowerment services they offer to survivors from rural communities (for REEP press release click here).

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services plans to provide the Allstate curriculum to residents in their shelter and to leverage partnerships with key financial institutions in the community to provide additional services to survivors that they serve.

Lake Family Resource Center will provide weekly financial literacy workshops to clients living in four communities in Lake County as well as providing child care and transportation services to the women who are working toward financial independence.

Operation Care will partner with local community financial institutions, employment and workforce development agencies to provide survivors with an increased understanding of financial topics that are covered in the Allstate curriculum. They also plan to provide incentives to keep survivors focused and motivated as they work toward improving their financial well being.

Rural Human Services (RHS) will leverage their partnership with the Del Norte Workforce Center to provide employment and career services to survivors. This partnership will also allow RHS staff to be trained and certified as Career Transition Coaches thus making RHS as "mini-one stop career center" for survivors.

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships (The Center) will provide survivors with one-on-one financial literacy training and use social media networking and other technology to make curriculum more accessible to survivors in the community. Also The Center will provide childcare, transportation and other financial support to survivors as they work on achieving financial independence.

The Partnership's Economic Empowerment Blog

Other Economic Empowerment Resources:
- Allstate Curriculum/Training Presentations
- Asset Building and Individual Development Accounts
- Asset Building Programs for Domestic Violence Survivors
- Assets for Independence (AFI) Serving Domestic Violence Survivors Toolkit

- Banking/Credit and Debit Cards
- Education

- Health
- Housing

- Individual Development Accounts
- Taxes
- Financial Planning/Credit

- Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)

Asset Building and Individual Development Accounts by Anna Melbin for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (Updated December 2011)

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