Grants of Hope Financial Empowerment Program
The Grants of Hope Financial Empowerment Program provides survivors of domestic violence with financial assistance to help overcome economic challenges as a direct result from financial abuse.
Money and finances play an important role for many victims when considering whether to leave
an abusive relationship. In fact, financial factors are the strongest predictor in a survivor’s decision to stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship. The devastation of leaving behind a home, income, benefits and financial security are challenges that all survivors of domestic violence must overcome, regardless of their education, job skills and personal earning potential. Many survivors of domestic violence have little or no access to money or have had their financial security destroyed by their abuser.
Financial instability is one of the largest obstacles for survivors seeking safety and one of the reasons that survivors most often give for why they stay or have returned to their abuser. The ability to survive financially without the abuser presents challenges, whether it is due to loss of income, a place to live, childcare, healthcare or other money issues, including access to credit. Advocating for economic justice strategies can improve the many social conditions that prevent safety for survivors. Safe options to addressing some of these challenges include making informed decisions about how to avoid predatory lending and consumer scams, building good credit, accessing resources for affordable housing, financial education and for building assets through savings, homeownership or entrepreneurship.
In correlation with the financial assistance provided through the G.O.H program, survivors will be required to complete an online training through the All State Foundation to provide them with valuable tools to obtain financial success and independence. Break the Silence against Domestic Violence is also providing mentors and community leaders who will be working with recipients to help address financial hardship.
While BTS would like to be able to assist as many families and individuals as possible we have decided to invest more in fewer families and individuals for a result which will focus on a more comprehensive approach in helping those chosen to truly gain long term success and independence.
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Applicants must have been separated from abuser for a minimum of 6 months prior to applying for Grants of Hope Financial Assistance.
PLEASE note Break the Silence against Domestic Violence CANNOT assist with the following:
Rent or Mortgage
- Credit Card Debt
Break the Silence against Domestic Violence works with local and national organizations to assist in fulfilling supplemental needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence. BTS is designed to “fill the gap” in services currently not being offered so our clients are best served. We want to ensure your needs are met – please be sure to contact us so we can best assist you.