33425647 10216041061042376 7832393019155283968 o[June 8, 2018] – Laura is a regular at her local YMCA (the Y), so she knew it would be a safe and welcoming place to share her knowledge and experience with gym-goers. Last week, instead of heading up to the gym equipment as usual, she set up a table where people could stop by to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse. Over the last few months, SOAR members have been hosting similar small “Women Talking Money” events across Rhode Island.

Using the  Allstate Foundation's Moving Ahead Through Financial Management guidelines, Laura spoke to dozens of people about the complexities of survivors’ lives. These conversations can be difficult, but have the potential to create more understanding and support for survivors. For example, one of the men who stopped by Laura’s table wondered why survivors stay with abusers. She helped him realize that financial abuse is a barrier to leaving because often the abusive partner controls the money, so the other partner might find it hard to gather the resources to leave. Helping our communities understand the dynamics of financial abuse is an important part of SOAR’s work, and we highly value supportive allies like the Y, who provide space for education and support for survivors. 
If you’d like to learn more about the Allstate Foundation's Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, or host a “Women Talking Money” event at your home or business, please contact Carmen Recalde-Russo, Director of Community Engagement & Communications at  [email protected] or click here to learn more.