Research indicates that financial abuse is experienced in 98% of abusive relationships.
Surveys of survivors reflect that concerns over their ability to financially support themselves and their children was one of the top reasons for staying in or returning to an abusive relationship.
The short- and long-term effects of financial abuse can be devastating. Without financial security, survivors are often unable to obtain safe and affordable housing or to provide for themselves and their children, sometimes forced to choose between homelessness or remaining in an abusive relationship.
For those who manage to end their relationship, survivors often face overwhelming odds in obtaining long-term security and safety. Credit scores sabotaged by the abuser, sporadic employment histories, and legal issues caused by the abuse make it extremely difficult for survivors to gain independence, safety and long-term security.
The Allstate Foundation supports survivors by providing tools they can use to attain financial independence and educates the public on barriers to ending abusive relationships.