Initiative Hopes to Improve Financial Security of Domestic Abuse Survivors

Domestic Violence
Posted at 4:55 PM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 18:46:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is partnering with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence on a new initiative aimed at helping survivors with financial security.

According to a press release from Atwater's office, "Studies show that finances play a significant role in situations of domestic abuse. Whether an abuser manipulates finances as a form of abuse or a survivor feels incapable of escaping an abusive situation because of financial struggles, finances often create a barrier to creating a life free from abuse."

And in 98% of abusive relationships, survivors list concerns about the ability to provide financially for themselves and their children, as one of the top reasons for staying in or returning to an abusive relationship.

The initiative, called L.I.F.E., will provide information for victims on a website, covering topics like budgeting, saving, and much more.

It will also allow an individual to quickly exit the program should they need to conceal their educational efforts from an abuser.

You can learn more about the program by clicking here.