Addressing the Economic Impact of Domestic Violence
What is Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults and even adolescents use against their intimate partners and family members. The overwhelming majority of domestic violence victims are women abused by a male partner. However, formal definitions and statistics do not convey the complexity and difficulty of the lives of battered women and their children.
85% of women who leave an abusive relationship return. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a significant proportion of women who return to the relationship attribute their inability to deal with their finances as a major contributing factor, which is often enhanced by the fact that the abuser often has all of the economic and social standing and complete control over the family finances.
Consequently, victims of domestic violence, aside from immediate attention and other care, need a scaffold which allows them to gain financial independence, and which will contribute greatly to permanently leave an abusive relationship. USA AMEP Foundation addresses this specific issue through its soft skills training program.
Domestic Violence is an epidemic: see the shocking statistics here:
Addressing the Economic Impact of Financial Abuse
Financial abuse is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship. The forms of financial abuse may be subtle or overt but in in general, include tactics to limit the partner’s access to assets or conceal information and accessibility to the family finances. Financial abuse along with emotional, physical and sexual abuse, manipulation, intimidation and threats are all intentional tactics used by an abuser aimed at entrapping the partner in the relationship. In some abusive relationships, financial abuse is present throughout the relationship and in other cases financial abuse becomes present when the survivor is attempting to leave or has left the relationship.
Financial abuse, while less commonly understood, is one of the most powerful methods of keeping a survivor trapped in an abusive relationship and deeply diminishes her ability to stay safe after leaving an abusive relationship. For those who manage to escape the abuse and survive initially, they often face overwhelming odds in obtaining long term security and safety. Ruined credit scores, sporadic employment histories and legal issues caused by the battering make it extremely difficult to gain independence, safety and long term security.
As organizations dedicated to the empowerment of minority women, especially Latina women, USA AMEP Foundation and AMEP USA connect, develop, and empower these women through our signature activities and programs:
• networking skills and opportunities
• cross-cultural training
• training in soft skills
• financial literacy
• entrepreneurial education
• access to institutions
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Addressing Employment Disadvantages
The disadvantages that minority women -especially underserved and underprivileged Latina women who are victims of family violence- face in the workplace are the lack of skills, including not enough perceived knowledge on how to advance in their careers; language skills, business communication skills and the ability to project a professional image.
Cultural differences faced as a family or as single parents are an issue, as women are forced to stay at home and take care of their children. Their dreams to become financially independent enough to leave an abusive relationship are often not fulfilled.
The cultural biases that challenge first generation Latino families need to be overcome, allowing Latina women to become business owners, find jobs allowing them to be self-sufficient or advance in the workplace.
USA AMEP Foundation’s program targets these women and offers them specialized training and education to promote their financial independence.