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Economic Justice

Ninety-nine percent of victims of domestic violence experience financial abuse. For many survivors of domestic violence, the journey toward economic stability can be an uphill challenge.

NNEDV’s Economic Justice project was founded to respond to, address, and prevent financial abuse. We work to:

  • Strengthen victim advocates’ financial capabilities to better assist survivors of domestic violence moving from short-term safety to long-term security. Using the The Moving Ahead Curriculum, we employ our signature Train-the-Trainer approach to deliver financial literacy lessons to victim advocates across the United States through our network of state and territory domestic violence coalitions and their local member programs.
  • Support survivors of domestic violence in rebuilding credit scores damaged as a result of financial abuse through our Independence Project.
  • Inform advocates about personal finance tools, resources, and the most recent research available in the field of financial literacy and capability through NNEDV’s exclusive listservs and newsletters.

Economic Justice Summit

NNEDV invites you to join us for our annual Economic Justice Summit each spring. As part of our ongoing work to highlight and address the intersection of domestic violence and economic security, the #EJSummit brings together advocates, state and territorial domestic violence coalitions, and national experts to discuss and share strategies to improve economic security for survivors of domestic violence. Please contact with any questions.

The Independence Project

In partnership with Verizon Wireless and with seed funding from Thirty-One Gifts, NNEDV launched the Independence Project, a credit-building program for survivors of domestic violence. Because many survivors experience financial abuse, credit building micro-loans are an important tool to help survivors improve their credit scores. A higher credit score can increase a survivors’ access to a range of economic resources, including lower interest credit cards and loans. Learn more about the Independence Project here.

The Moving Ahead Curriculum

In partnership with The Allstate Foundation and the U.S. state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, NNEDV’s Economic Justice Project delivers financial literacy information with tools like The Moving Ahead Curriculum , webinars, and grants that support economic justice and empowerment programs for survivors of abuse. Since 2005, NNEDV’s Economic Justice Project has coordinated and provided technical assistance for the following Allstate Foundation grant programs:

  • The Moving Ahead Grant Program provides curriculum materials and funding to state coalitions that work with local programs to train advocates in their state.
  • The Moving Ahead Economic Empowerment Grant Program has awarded over $2 million to state domestic violence coalitions to help survivors move from short-term safety to long-term security, research economic abuse, and support new services. Grant focus areas include matched savings programs, financial education, micro-enterprise, and job readiness programs.

Domestic Violence and Economic Justice Advisory Council

The Domestic Violence and Economic Justice Advisory Council is a long-term, in-depth collaboration of national experts in the domestic violence field working to advance survivors’ economic empowerment and financial well-being. NNEDV virtually gathers those working at the intersection of domestic violence and economic justice to identify gaps and strategize ways to expand awareness and solutions through recommendations. Ultimately, the Council aims to inform public policy advocacy and program design, in addition to highlighting resource gaps and emerging issues. Read the Council’s recommendations:

Technical Assistance and Online Resource Platform

We deliver financial literacy and economic justice resources and information to our members and the general public through our website, exclusive listservs, webinars, trainings, and one-on-one consultations. We also compile and organize relevant research on a wide range of financial literacy topics and engage in a variety of outreach activities to help give survivors a voice with financial education stakeholders at the national level. This project is greatly enhanced through the ongoing commitment of dedicated partners who understand the importance of ending domestic violence through financial education and independence.

We also work across NNEDV’s teams and with external partners to address the intersections of economic justice, tech safety, and more. Check out our Financial Abuse and Technology guide and infographic, developed in partnership with Norton.

NNEDV is grateful to Bread Financial (formerly Alliance Data), Major League Baseball Charities, Inc., and The Allstate Foundation for their Economic Justice support and partnership.