APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management Curriculum was developed by The Allstate Foundation in partnership with a group of committed national partners, including The National Network to End Domestic Violence Inc., a Curriculum Committee made up of diverse professionals, and a curriculum design expert. The program is implemented using a national distribution strategy identifying state domestic violence coalitions as the point of contact for training, technical assistance, and distribution. Local domestic violence programs identify survivors in need of financial education, and then execute group and individual financial education sessions and financial counseling. The local programs track survivors' progress and report back to The Allstate Foundation on the outcomes outlined below.
In general and due to the often short-term nature of service provision, survivor behaviors are not tracked in the long-term. However, Rutgers University is conducting a three-year longitudinal study that will track survivors' behaviors and outcomes in three regions who are working with local domestic violence programs for a period of two years.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum is a comprehensive package of financial tools and information designed to empower victims and survivors to be self-sufficient with their finances. It educates and trains advocates and Allstate volunteers to work with domestic violence victims as they move forward on the path to financial security. Through the Moving Ahead curriculum, The Allstate Foundation will deliver financial education to 100,000 survivors from 2010-2013. Within a year of receiving the Moving Ahead curriculum, survivors will:
- Recognize financial abuse as part of their experiences.
- Create a financial plan, budget or spending plan.
- Establish or improve their credit.
- Participate in asset-building strategies.
- Achieve a major financial goal.
Each survivor seeks services at a different point on her journey towards economic security. From an outcomes' perspective, this makes it difficult to create a timeline outlining when individual outcomes will be achieved by a particular group of survivors participating in the Moving Ahead program. Typically, 60-70% of Moving Ahead participants recognizes financial abuse as a part of their experience and creates a financial plan; 50-60% work on establishing or improving their credit; 30-40% participate in asset-building strategies; and 20-30% achieve a major financial goal.
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive and assaultive behaviors that a person uses against his partner. The facts are staggering: Nearly one in four women in the U.S reports being abused by a partner.
The issue crosses all socioeconomic, religious, cultural, and age lines.
74% of Americans know someone who has been affected by domestic violence.
Victims lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work annually.
The healthcare-related cost of domestic violence exceeds $5.8 billion annually.
Research shows that economic dependency is the strongest predictor of a survivor's decision to remain, leave, or return to an abusive relationship - even stronger than safety issues.
SEEKING: Financial Resources
The Allstate Foundation seeks to serve as a catalyst for additional funders supporting economic empowerment services for domestic violence survivors.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information
The Allstate Foundation seeks partners with expertise in economic empowerment resources for the general public, who are interested in collaborating to ensure that provision of their services are accessible to domestic violence survivors.