The first Wednesday of every month, at 1:30pm, The Domestic Violence Shelter will present our “Wednesday Workshop” on Facebook Live. Our November topic was financial abuse. To see the full workshop, follow the link to our Facebook https://fb.watch/1yNG7piH_c/. You don’t want to miss this one!

This week, Shannon and Jill shared the basics of financial abuse, resources for breaking free from financial abuse and shared a cooking demonstration on how to make a meal on a budget. Today’s blog post will recap the information from this month’s workshop. If you have any questions not covered in this post, or would like to speak to a trained advocate, call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-931-SAFE (7233)

Recap- Wednesday Workshop #2: Financial Abuse

The Shelter:

The Domestic Violence Shelter was one of the first three shelters in Ohio when we opened the doors in 1979. The Shelter is more than just a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking- we are also a program. You can learn more about these programs by going to http://www.thedvshelter.com/. The Shelter offers the following programs and services:

  • 24/7 Crisis Line: 1-800-931-SAFE (7233)
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Case Management
  • Youth Advocacy
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Sexual Assault Advocacy Program
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Community Education
  • Outreach
  • Volunteer Program

What is Financial Abuse?

Financial abuse is a tactic of abuse where an abuser uses finances to maintain power and control over their partner. Financial abuse often begins subtly and progresses over time.

Some signs of financial abuse include:

  • Putting all bills (lease, utilities, etc.) in your name
  • Controlling how money is spent
  • Withholding money or giving an “allowance”
  • Not allowing you to work
  • Over using credit cards and not paying the bill
  • Refusing to let you understand your financial situation or making financial decisions without you.
  • Interfering with your performance at work by making harrassing phone calls, constant visits to your workplace or creating situations that do not allow you to go to work (sabotaging transportation, refusing to provide child care, etc.)

To learn even more about financial abuse, check out our previous blog post http://www.thedvshelter.com/financial-abuse/ or call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-931-7233.

Coping with Financial Abuse

If you are experiencing financial abuse, or have recently left a financially abusive relationship, it can be very difficult to get back on your feet. It can take a lot of work to repair your financial situation while still trying to provide necessities for you and your family. While advocates at The Shelter can help you cope with the abuse you have experienced, you may consider reaching out to other community agencies for additional assistance.

Local Resources/Food Pantries:

211 (They can give you location/list/calendar of food pantries, free meals calendar and other community resources you may need)

Catholic Charities: 419-524-0733

Community Action: 419-589-2520

Salvation Army: 419-525-2912 (Make sure you sign up for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.)

The Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Curriculum

When it comes to finances, everyone could use a little guideance, whether you have expereinced financial abuse or not. The Shelter has utilized The Allstate Foundation’s Moving Ahead Curriculum to help survivors make informed financial decisions. If you’d like to learn more about this free program, visit Allstate’s website at https://allstatefoundation.org/what-we-do/end-domestic-violence/resources/

Cooking on a Budget

When cooking on a budget, remember to utilize all your resources! Visit local food pantries, clip coupons, purchase generic brands, repurpose your leftovers- whatever it takes to stretch your money. If you have any budget friendly recipes or tips, please share them in the comments!

Today’s workshop featured a cooking demonstration in which Jill showed how to make a full meal for less than $20! We’ve included these recipes here. Check back later for an additional blog post that will share more recipes on a budget.

Next Wednesday Workshop- December 2 at 1:30pm!

Our next Wednesday Workshop will discuss the impact of trauma as well as self-care strategies. Be sure to catch us on The Domestic Violence Shelter of Richland County, OH Facebook

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