The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program
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 a
spouse preventing his partner from working or accessing a bank,
credit card or transportation.
Survivors of domestic violence and economic abuse need targeted
tools and strategies to address financial struggles 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, we are
uniquely qualified and equipped to provide survivors with financial
knowledge, skills and resources. Since 2005, we have 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 helps survivors of
domestic violence build their financial skills as a way to escape
abusive relationships, get safe, stay safe and thrive.
Our Unique and Comprehensive Approach
Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has donated over $30 million
to help break the cycle of violence. The Allstate Foundation
directly address the economic needs of survivors with a
comprehensive program that includes the Moving Ahead Through
Financial Management Curriculum, Allstate employee volunteers
and grant programs to support survivors and the organizations that
serve them. Through the Foundation's national conferences, research
and other events, domestic violence service providers learn the
best ways to use economic empowerment services to positively change
the lives of survivors. In order to stop the national crisis, The
Allstate Foundation is also committed to raising public awareness
and changing societal attitudes about domestic violence and
The Allstate Foundation developed the Moving Ahead Grant
Programs to provide economic empowerment services and funding
support for survivors of domestic violence. Our grant programs
empower survivors to gain or regain control of their finances in
order to get free and stay free from violence. This includes
financial tools and information that enable survivors of domestic
abuse to fully understand their financial circumstances and to
engage in short-term and long-term planning to accomplish their
Moving Ahead Curriculum Grant Program. In 2007,
The Allstate Foundation and NNEDV released the Moving Ahead
Through Financial Management Curriculum and related resources.
Moving Ahead provides important financial education information
created especially for domestic violence survivors. In 2009, The
Allstate Foundation and NNEDV launched a two-year grant program
designed to achieve national distribution of the curriculum by
partnering with state domestic violence coalitions. Through the
two-year grant program, state domestic violence coalitions serve as
the main point of contact for the training and distribution of the
Moving Ahead curriculum for domestic violence programs and other
community-based programs in their state. The Allstate Foundation
has committed more than $700,000 to support the development,
distribution and implementation of the Moving Ahead curriculum.
More than 3,000 advocates representing nearly 1,000 local programs
in 34 states are using Moving Ahead resources.
The Moving Ahead Economic Empowerment Grant
Program. This program seeks to build the capacity of state
coalitions to respond to economic needs of survivors as they
partner with local service providers. Ranging from $50,000 to
$100,000, these grants seek continue to develop best practice in
economic justice for domestic violence survivors.
The Moving Ahead Direct Assistance Fund. The
fund enables domestic violence survivors to pursue long-term
financial security by providing grants to individual survivors of
up to $1,000 to support education, training and job-related
Regional Grantmaking. In addition to The
Allstate Foundation's national grantmaking programs, each of our 14
Allstate regions also distribute grants to local organizations
primarily in the areas of economic empowerment for domestic
violence survivors and safe teen driving. On average, the regions
give grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.
In addition to funding initiatives, hundreds of Allstate
employees have supported our domestic violence efforts. From
customer service representatives and Allstate Agents who donated
and collected business suits to benefit survivors, to legal staff
providing pro bono services to domestic violence organizations to
Allstate leaders who champion the cause. To learn more about
Allstate staff volunteerism and the Moving Ahead Grant Programs,
The Allstate Foundation is committed to spreading the best
practices in economic advocacy. Through academic research
initiatives and capacity-building conferences, The Allstate
Foundation has become a leader in the financial empowerment of
survivors of domestic violence.
Research. The Allstate Foundation is committed
to learning and publicizing more information surrounding this
national crisis. For example, The Allstate Foundation National Poll
on Domestic Violence revealed that approximately 6 out of 10
respondents agree that the lack of money and a steady income is
often a challenge faced by survivors of domestic violence when
leaving their abusers.
Measuring results. The Rutgers University
School of Social Work conducted a national evaluation of The
Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Moving Ahead through
Financial Management Curriculum. The results showed:
- 94% of survivor-respondents were no longer living with their
- 89% continued to utilize the curriculum after 6 months.
- 92% agreed that the curriculum was helpful.
Gathering the experts. The Allstate Foundation
also hosts the Moving Ahead Economic Empowerment Symposium, where
advocates share the best practices and research about providing
economic empowerment services to survivors.
The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program raises
awareness and changes societal attitudes about domestic violence
and economic abuse. Through traditional and social media campaigns,
The Allstate Foundation seeks to encourage people to talk openly
about domestic violence and economic abuse. Join us in this effort!
Visit the following websites to learn more:
To learn more about The Allstate Foundation, visit
allstate.com/foundation. For more information on The Allstate
Foundation Domestic Violence Program, visit ClickToEmpower.org or
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If you are a survivor of domestic violence or are currently
experiencing domestic violence, please contact the National
Domestic Violence Hotline to receive support and discuss your
options at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TYY).