By Chris Wilhite
I really like the Economic Empowerment work that we do at RICADV. It is one of those strategies that really gives people the tools to end domestic violence. That's why I'm writing this. This blog is about the words we use.
In working with victims of domestic violence, a couple of the central themes that comes up again and again is control and isolation. Abusers set up a paradigm in which they have total control over the victim's life, including financial and social. Because of this the victim becomes more and more isolated in the nightmare of abuse that they are living in, with little hope for reaching out and finding help.