On Friday May 1st, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence is pleased to bring national experts Gael Strack, JD and Ralph Riviello, MD, to Maine for a day-long training called Addressing Strangulation: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach.
Behind fear, domestic violence victims frequently cite income, employment and financial stability as the strongest, most immediate deterrents to leaving abusive situations.
The devastation of leaving a home, income, benefits and economic security behind are scenarios that all victims of domestic violence must overcome, regardless of their education, job skills and personal earning potential, if they are to care for their families and live more safe and secure lives.
The struggles of victims and survivors of domestic violence for economic empowerment reverberate throughout every community in this nation. Survivors and current victims of domestic violence are over-represented in the welfare population and many women and children are homeless because of domestic violence.
Together, we are committed to promoting and establishing economic justice for victims.
Our efforts include providing:
Whether helping employers develop comprehensive responses to address abuse in the workplace setting, or providing economic education to families in transition, our work in this arena emphasizes the necessary connection between victim safety and economic concerns. It is impossible to separate issues of economic justice from an understanding of domestic violence and safety planning.