Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence

Gaining Financial Self-Sufficiency

Recovering financially after domestic violence

Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence: Gaining Financial Self-Sufficiency

Abuse is found among women and men regardless of social class, age, ethnicity, and location. Economic control in an abusive relationship takes many forms, and gaining financial self-sufficiency can be the difference between staying in or leaving a violent relationship. This workshop covers building a modest financial foundation and making plans for the future, which are crucial skills you can impart to individuals so they are empowered to make informed, responsible financial decisions to reestablish their lives.


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Answer: It’s important to know that victims of domestic violence can be men or women, and they could be part of any social class or ethnicity. One of the best ways to learn about domestic violence is to read up on the subject. Additionally, another way to learn about the needs of your audience is to go right to the source: ask the people in front of you what they’d like to learn about making good financial decisions

Answer: Domestic violence is a phenomenon that affects every strata of our society. Oftentimes people who are living in such a situation are contending with control issues—particularly a lack of control. Therefore, one of the best and surest ways to get the audience to pay attention to you, is to allow the people in the room know that you are ready to show them respect. Remember, you are a financial expert or community leader, and the job you volunteered for is to help your audience learn about how to make wise choices with money that can increase the control they will have over their own lives.

Answer: Victims of domestic violence often can benefit most from learning how to escape “economic abuse.” When someone else has power over your finances, it’s important to learn tactics on how to regain your financial powers. Getting on one’s feet financially can make the difference between leaving and having to remain in an abusive relationship. Some course topics can include creating a plan that will help an individual save money so that he or she can plan for the future and literally escape the “bad” situation. Help your listeners create a course of action with a spending plan that will help to build a financial foundation away from the relationship that has caused them so much grief.

Answer: While it’s acceptable to speak broadly about domestic violence and the effects it can have on participants’ finances, try not to ask personal questions or veer off the topic of financial education. Keep your presentation professional, and you shouldn’t have any problems.

Answer: You can do this by developing a working relationship, one where the participants know that you are there to help them with financial matters and answer any questions they have about personal finance. Staying on topic during the presentations, discussions, activities, and question-answers periods will help you maintain a professional relationship while helping the participants with all of their financial needs. If an individual seems to be in need of extra assistance, especially if it falls outside of financial education, offer information about other resources that provide domestic violence victim assistance.

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