The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program: The Moving
Ahead Through Financial Management Curriculum
Domestic Violence & Economic Abuse
Nearly 1 in 4 women report abuse by a partner during their
lifetimes. A lack of financial knowledge and resources deter many
victims of domestic violence from leaving relationships with their
abusers. This tactic, called economic abuse, is commonly used by
abusers to prevent their victims from leaving harmful situations.
It involves behaviors that control a woman's ability to acquire,
use or maintain financial resources. Economic abuse takes many
- Controlling paychecks and bank accounts.
- Determining how money is spent.
- Deciding where victims work or preventing them from
- Controlling property decisions.
- Destroying the victim's credit rating by using credit cards
without permission or filing all financial contracts (lease, credit
cards, utilities, etc.) in a victim's name and failing to make
- Forcing low-income victims or victims with disabilities to turn
over government benefit payments.
- Undermining victims' opportunities to become economically
- Forbidding the victim to work.
- Forcing the victim to work in a family business for little or
- Harassing the victim in the workplace to such an extent that
the job is lost.
For domestic violence survivors leaving an abusive relationship,
quality of life changes are imminent. Being a survivor often comes
at a high cost-homelessness, unemployment and financial debt.
Victims of domestic violence require targeted resources that can
provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve
economic empowerment. Armed with these tools, survivors are able to
leave abusive relationships and lead safer, financially secure
Until recently, there have been few national resources dedicated
to economic stability challenges for survivors of domestic
violence. The Allstate Foundation is taking action by empowering
survivors and spreading awareness. In collaboration with the
National Network to End Domestic Violence, The Allstate Foundation
Domestic Violence Program helps survivors of domestic violence
build their financial skills as a way to escape abusive
relationships, get safe, stay safe thrive.
Moving Ahead Through Financial Management Curriculum
A key component of The Allstate Foundation's program is its
Moving Ahead Through Financial Management Curriculum - a
comprehensive package of financial tools and information designed
to empower victims and survivors to be self-sufficient with their
finances. It educates and trains advocates and Allstate volunteers
to work with domestic violence victims as they move forward on the
path to financial security. The curriculum includes:
- Approaches for locating and accessing local, state and national
personal safety and financial resources;
- Information on how individuals can protect themselves
personally and financially while remaining in an abusive
relationship and after leaving an abusive relationship;
- Strategies for dealing with the misuse of financial
- Strategies for addressing the complex financial and safety
challenges of ending a financial relationship with an abusive
- Strategies for working through the financial and safety
challenges of identity change;
- Tools to help people of all incomes and earning power work
toward long-term economic empowerment; and
- Strategies for accessing economic empowerment resources used
nationwide. Strategies include individual development accounts,
micro-enterprise development programs and emergency assistance
Allstate Personal Financial Representatives and Agency Owners
partner with domestic violence coalitions to train local domestic
violence service providers to use the Moving Ahead Through
Financial Management Curriculum.
Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Center on Violence
Against Women and Children conducted a national evaluation of The
Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Through Financial Management
Curriculum. The study revealed that survivor-respondents:
- Experienced significant increase in economic empowerment on the
- Achieved economic self-sufficiency.
- Experienced a significant reduction in economic abuse, physical
and psychological abuse, post traumatic stress, and levels of
Survivor-Respondents also reported that:
- 94% were no longer living with their abusive partners.
- 89% still utilized the curriculum after 6 months.
- 92% agreed that the curriculum was helpful.
The Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Through Financial
Management Curriculum is a groundbreaking initiative to
address the pervasive, destructive barrier that domestic violence
poses to the safety and security of victims and their families.
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).