Next to dealing with the toll domestic violence takes on their physical, mental and emotional health, one of the biggest challenges victims face when leaving an abusive relationship is having access to financial resources. One of the primary ways abusers maintain control is by keeping a tight rein on their partner’s ability to achieve any sort of financial independence. Abusers may control all of the household funds, may have damaged their partner’s credit or may have sabotaged their partner’s attempts to seek employment or hold onto a job. Victims of abuse who do have resources need to understand how to protect themselves financially, both while in the relationship and after leaving. Other victims who have left or may be contemplating leaving an abusive relationship benefit from learning how to budget their money and plan for the future. For many, it may be the first time they have ever handled their own money or lived independently.
DVCC helps clients meet these challenges by offering training and information on financial management. Counselors give individual assistance to clients and also provide workshops on topics such as how to create and live within a budget. DVCC also offers clients free, professional assistance with resume writing.
Future plans for the agency include bringing in professional financial planners and advisors as volunteer consultants to assist with developing programs for DVCC clients.