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 held our 5th Annual EJ Summit March 8-10, 2022. If you missed this year’s EJ Summit, don’t worry! You can access all recordings and materials for $75. Click here to make a donation, and make sure to designate “Economic Justice / Independence Project.” Contact [email protected] 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.
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.
Taxes: What You Need to Know to Help Those You Serve
In collaboration with the Legal Aid Society in Kentucky, NNEDV provided an overview on income tax, family law and innocent spousal relief.
 Adams, Adrienne E. “Measuring the Effects of Domestic Violence on Women’s Financial Well-being.” CFS Research Brief 2011-5.6.
Thank you to our Economic Empowerment Work sponsors: