Economic Interventions for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Economic Interventions for Survivors of Domestic Violence

The intersection of poverty and intimate partner violence (IPV) is well-known. Economic abuse is a key tactic of power and control for abusive partners. There are immediate short and long-term economic consequences of IPV, which can make it difficult for survivors to find safety while in the relationship, or consider ending the relationship. Additionally, poverty — like violence — disproportionately impacts those most marginalized and vulnerable communities, including (but not limited to) communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and youth. Poverty and violence rates vary due to intersecting oppressions. For any IPV survivor, economic abuse and dependence on the abusive partner creates significant, often insurmountable barriers to leaving an abusive relationship. For marginalized survivors disproportionately impacted by poverty, unemployment and employment discrimination, economic dependence on abusive partners is devastating.   
The Task Force on Domestic Violence and Economic Justice (DVEJ) will make a presentation at the next EJSWN meeting focusing on interventions that can support survivors in building economic stability and overcoming obstacles to economic justice and success. DVEJ focuses on the intersection of economic justice and IPV. It is a unique coalition of anti-violence and economic justice advocates, financial and workforce development specialists, attorneys, funders, regulators and individuals interested in these issues. 


Kate Reeves
Director of Capacity Building
The Financial Clinic 
Catherine Shugrue dos Santos, MSW
Co-Director of Client Services
New York City Anti-Violence Project

Tuesday, October 11th 
9:30 - 11 am
FPWA, Conference Center
40 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004

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If you have any questions feel free to contact Emily Miles, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research at

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