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Millions affected by it. Few talk about it. You can change that.
Domestic Violence вЂ” a term most often linked to physical and psychological abuse вЂ” affects nearly one in four women in their lifetimes according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control; however tens of thousands of women each year are victims of an equally devastating situation вЂ” economic abuse.
ItвЂ™s a tactic commonly used by abusers to stop their victims from leaving harmful situations by blocking access to money or other financial resources. It takes on many forms from controlling a victimвЂ™s pay checks to not allowing a victim to work.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, evidence has shown that women with financial skills have an increased chance of leaving an abusive situation and sustaining themselves and their families on a long-term basis.
The Allstate Foundation created the Economics Against Abuse program in partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) to spread awareness of domestic and economic abuse and empower survivors to lead financially independent lives. You can help by encouraging women and men to talk openly about domestic violence.