Research

With help from the Allstate Foundation… thousands of abused victims nationwide have benefitted from the… program that empowers victims of domestic violence with a financial strategy to escape abusive households and help provide them with resources and training to achieve independence."

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.  This staggering statistics is why The Allstate Foundation spends money and time to determine more ways we can help domestic violence survivors on their path to financial freedom.

Measuring results. Recently, the Rutgers University School of Social Work conducted a national evaluation and exploratory study of The Allstate Foundation's Moving Ahead through Financial Management Curriculum.

The results showed:

  • 94% of survivor-respondents were no longer living with their abusive partners.
  • 89% continued to utilize the curriculum after 6 months.
  • 92% agreed that the curriculum was helpful.

The Allstate Foundation and Rutgers University are currently working on a new phase of research that will examine the impact of financial literacy programs on those experiencing abuse.  The final results are expected in 2013.

Mapping the landscape. Each year the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), an Allstate Foundation partner, conducts a one-day, unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence services in the US. NNEDV's annual Census documents the number of individuals who sought services, the types of services requested, the number of service requests that went unmet because of lack of resources, and the issues and barriers that domestic violence programs are facing as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence. Read the full 2010 National Census of Domestic Violence Services report.

NNEDV's 2010 National Census of Domestic Violence Services found that:

  • 70,648 domestic violence victims were served in the one-day period.
  • More than 80 percent of local domestic violence programs reported an increased demand for their services while nearly the same number reported decreases in funding.