Economic Justice

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please see our Shelters and Services page.


Economic abuse can come in many forms, including

  • An abuser making all financial decisions for the household
  • Keeping financial secrets
  • Monitoring the victim's spending
  • Controlling the victim's access to cash
  • Refusing to let the victim work
  • Forcing the victim to turn over income to the abuser

Survivors, please contact your local agency about the following information and for support in navigating the resources available in your area.

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

Support can come in the form of individual development accounts (IDAs). IDAs are matched savings accounts that help low-income individuals save for buying a first home, starting a small business, or pursuing post-secondary education.

Asset development

Along with IDAs, there are additional resources and education for survivors of domestic violence. Education and information about free tax preparation services, credit counseling, and purchasing assets are all resources that can empower survivors to build economic security.

Asset Building for Survivors: A Toolkit is a resource guide developed by Bradley Angle, with support from the Allstate Foundation, CASA of Oregon, and the Foundation for Financial Planning. 

Inside the toolkit you will find: 
  • Ideas on how to integrate economic empowerment into your work with survivors of domestic violence through the use of a strengths-based model 
  • An introduction to credit and the importance of credit as an asset 
  • Information about Matched Savings Accounts and Individual Development Accounts
  • A resource guide to guide you as you start incorporating asset building strategies into your work

Additional resources

These resources can help inform you of your rights and access tools for economic support:

Employment Rights- Oregon has laws protecting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the workplace. Along with protection against discrimination, there are laws that allow survivors to take time off to address safety matters.

Housing Rights- Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking have protection under Oregon landlord-tenant law. Under these laws survivors or not to be discriminated against for the violence perpetrated against them. They also provide avenues for breaking leases and splitting leases so the perpetrator can be removed from the lease.

Crime Victims' Compensation (CVC)- CVC covers medical, dental, hospital, funeral, counseling, physical rehabilitation, and transportation expenses that a victim accrues as well as loss of wages and support that results from the perpetration of a violent crime that has been reported to law enforcement.

Child Support- If someone wishes to seek child support but is fearful of the other party, the Oregon Child Support Program will take precautions to keep personal information confidential in child support records.

Unemployment Insurance- If you have recently lost your job you may qualify for unemployment insurance as you search for new employment.

Goodwill Inc.- Goodwill provides services for those seeking employment. Its Job Connection Program provides you with assistance, referrals, and an employment specialist for free.

Worksource Oregon- This organization provides resource recommendations and referrals for individual employment situations. They have several locations throughout the state and offer referrals to local agencies.

NEDCO- As a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, NEDCO provides services to Lane and Marion Counties, but also partners with other community agencies. It focuses on home ownership for low-income families.

TANF- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families can provide time-limited assistance to domestic violence survivors. Support is available for those fleeing from, or trying to stay away from, a domestic violence situation. TANF can assist with relocation costs, housing-related payments, the replacement of personal items, or the purchase of items to address safety concerns, like new locks or PO boxes.

This page was last updated on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:28am.

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