Economic Security for Survivors (ESS) Project
Economic Security and Survivor Safety
Economic security is inextricably linked to survivor safety. Survivors often experience economic challenges that can have a lasting impact on their ability to recover from an act of violence, leave an abusive situation or be free from violence in a relationship. Not only can physical violence have lifelong financial consequences, perpetrators can use economic abuse as a means of power and control. As a result of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking and dating violence, survivors may experience:
These financial aspects of violence can thwart the ability of survivors to reestablish their lives and move forward. From securing housing to obtaining employment, survivors often face significant barriers to achieving financial independence at a time when they have the greatest need. Those who are economically secure – who are able to meet their basic needs and have some stability through savings and assets – are better able to insulate themselves from harm. The safety of survivors is inextricably linked to their economic security.
The Economic Security for Survivors (ESS) Project
Recognizing this linkage between economic security and safety, the Economic Security for Survivors (ESS) Project aims to promote the integration of strategies that foster economic security into the programs and policies that support the safety and well-being of survivors.
Established in 2010, the ESS project provides education, training and technical assistance to transitional housing programs, direct services providers, state and local governments, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)’s Services Training Officers Prosecutors (STOP) Grant Program. This project seeks to enhance victim services by providing strategies, tools and knowledge that can provide survivors with the resources they need to become economically secure.
Through a series of webinars, trainings, best practices and on-site technical assistance, WOW will strengthen victim service programs by:
About the ESS Project:
Economic Empowerment Spotlight
For STOP Grantees:
For Transitional Housing Programs:
For Advocates & Policy Makers:
This project is supported by Grant No. 2012-TA-AX-K031 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.