In our society, we think of intimate partner violence (IPV) as being the result of bad choices, bad luck or both. In actual fact, the number one obstacle to survivors’ safety is financial insecurity. Survivors are so financially devastated by the harm they experience that they are left out of the political arena, out of organizing spaces and out of our economy. Our failed approach to the problem perpetuates the shame and silence that prohibits survivors from building collective power and influence. In partnership with thousands of survivors across the country, sharing their stories and data, FreeFrom will build an ecosystem of long-term support for survivors that includes their banks, credit card companies, health providers, and employers. We will reframe our society’s understanding of the problem as a structural economic issue through federal and state laws. And, we will create spaces in which survivors can grow collective economic power.
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