April 7, 2014
For survivors of domestic violence, personal safety is closely linked to economic stability. In fact, the inability to support themselves and their children is one of the top reasons survivors stay in or return to an abusive relationship.
There are lots of ways we are working to increase survivors' economic stability, and one of them – the Paycheck Fairness Act – is coming before the Senate for a vote! Like all women, survivors of domestic violence need equal pay initiatives like the Paycheck Fairness Act. As long as women are paid less than men, most survivors will have less ability to gain financial stability and independence.
Women, on average, still only receive 77 cents for every dollar paid to men – and the gap widens even further when you compare the wages earned by women of color to those of men. This pay gap over their lifetime also means women have smaller Social Security checks, lower savings, and less pension income -- which seriously hinders their long-term financial security.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to demonstrate that pay differences between men and women are based on legitimate business reasons, and not based on sex. The Act would also end pay secrecy by prohibiting retaliation against employees who disclose salary information.
For all women – and for survivors of violence, who need fair pay to achieve economic security – take action now and tell your Senators that it's time to close the pay gap.
- NNEDV and The Allstate Foundation are partnering to end financial abuse and empower survivors of domestic violence. Check out our Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum.
- Learn more about how we're saying "No More" to financial abuse and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest for more information and ways you can get involved.
April 2, 2014
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes April 6-12, 2014 as National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
April 4, 2014
Each year, millions of Americans are affected by domestic violence and nearly all (98%) are also affected by financial abuse, a tactic used by abusers to gain power and control over their partners by limiting access to assets or concealing information about family finances. Financial abuse – along with emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, manipulation, intimidation, and threats – is intentional and is used by an abuser to trap their partner in the relationship.
April 2, 2014
In the past few months WomensLaw has made valuable updates and substantial improvements to the WomensLaw.org website -- all while continuing to answer the Email Hotline -- for our more than 1.1 million annual visitors.
In addition, WomensLaw was invited to conduct an in-person training for more than 30 victim advocates in Connecticut. At the request and with support from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, WomensLaw legal director, Stacey Sarver, trained advocates on how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law in their work with victims.
Find out more what else is new on WomensLaw.org...
April 1, 2014
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
All too often, victims of domestic violence, teen dating abuse, and stalking are also victims of rape and sexual assault. Unbelievably, one sexual assault occurs every two minutes. Think about that – in about the time that it takes you to read this post, another victim will be sexually assaulted.
March 26, 2014
Today, the IRS and the Treasury Department announced new guidance that exempts domestic violence victims from the requirement that married couples must file their taxes jointly in order to receive the premium tax credit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).