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Rebuilding 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.

Workshop Materials

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Each kit provides workshop facilitators with the materials needed to run a workshop straight out of the box, or the choice to adapt any of the detailed presentations, scripts or learner action plans to suit their unique audience’s needs. Here is what you can find in each workshop.

A Presentation

Display these PowerPoint slides during your presentation to keep the workshop engaging and on track.

A Script

Consult the script for tips on how to prepare for your workshop, what your primary talking points will be, and follow-up resources.

Activities and Info Sheets

Guide your workshop participants through the hands-on activities and informational sheets to bring the financial skills to life.

Related Resources

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The FAQ section for each workshop can help answer your questions about working with your intended audience.


What do I need to know about addressing a group of individuals who are victims of domestic violence? Would it be best to have a woman lead a presentation in front of survivors of abuse?

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

Do I have to be particularly careful about my appearance before the presentation? That is, will my clothes and the overall way I look be a problem when it comes to getting the audience to pay attention?

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.

Are there any special financial topics that I should cover when I’m speaking to a group of victims of domestic violence?

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.

How much is too much when it comes to the topic of domestic violence?

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.

How do I maintain professional distance from the participants without seeming cold and unsympathetic to their needs?

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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