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's new survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, sought to understand the attitudes different demographic groups have about violence in relationships and the financial control that often accompanies domestic violence.

Key findings include:

  • Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just one in three have talked about it.
  • Seventy percent of Millennial women consider it a serious problem, compared to just 55 percent of Millennial men. Hispanics are twice as likely (51 percent) than their White non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent) to see domestic violence as a serious problem.
  • Nearly eight in 10 Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the least likely (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider.
  • Sixty-five percent of survey respondents do not believe that their family or friends would know if they were in a financially abusive relationship and 70 percent can’t say they would know how to help them.
  • Only 39 percent of women have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse.
  • Americans aged 69 or older, view issues related to financial abuse considerably more seriously than the Millennial generation including a double-digit difference when asked to correlate the distinctions of not allowing a partner to have access to funds (72 percent vs. 58 percent) or running up debt in their partner's name (73 percent vs. 55 percent).
  • Most parents have not talked about domestic violence with their children. Nearly 40 percent of Millennials say their parents never talked to them about domestic violence compared to a smaller percentage of Americans 69 or older including 23 percent of Gen X'ers and 18 percent of Baby Boomers.

For additional findings from the survey, click here

Survey Methodology
The Allstate Foundation Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse survey was conducted July 18-27, 2014 by FTI Consulting among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 American adults age 18+ with additional oversamples among 200 Americans age 18-33 ("Millennials"), 200 Hispanic Women age 18+, and 250 adults in the Chicago media market. The margin of error for the national sample is ± 3% at the 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel®, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Initially, participants are chosen scientifically by a random selection of telephone numbers and residential addresses.