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Economic Empowerment

We help survivors build financial independence by providing resources to local domestic violence programs.

Purple PurseFinancial independence is key to domestic abuse survivors’ ability to live successful, violence-free lives. However, many survivors of domestic violence have limited access to income, often because abusers have deliberately destroyed their financial security. Therefore, in partnership with local programs, we work to address the unique economic needs and challenges that survivors face so they are empowered to break free of the cycle of violence. A significant portion of our Economic Empowerment work is made possible through the support the Purple Purse program of the Allstate Foundation. 

2016 Tax Protections for Domestic Abuse Survivors Recorded Webinar

This recorded webinar discusses tax protections for domestic abuse survivors and includes information about various tax credits, specific provisions for domestic abuse survivors, claiming children as dependents during family law disputes, tax ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, and more. 

To view and listen CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and link to the recorded webinar.

Tax Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors
Tax Information for Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Life Changes and The Premium Tax Credit
WI Tax Flier
Immigrant Tax Information

Moving Ahead: Allstate Financial Empowerment Curriculum

In collaboration with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) the Allstate Foundation developed the “Economics Against Abuse” curriculum to empowerment survivors concerned about sustainability. It includes financial tools and information that enable survivors of domestic abuse to (1) fully understand their financial circumstances, and (2) engage in short-term and long-term planning to accomplish their personal goals.

Get What You Need: SSI & SSDI Recorded Webinar

Some domestic abuse survivors may qualify for benefits from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of violence and trauma they have experienced. In this recorded webinar, Attorney Hal Menendez will discuss the disability determination and the application and appeals process

To view and listen, CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

Select Issues Related to Property Recorded Webinar

In this recorded webinar, Director of Justice Systems Tess Meuer provides a general overview of issues related to property, such as when and how a person can either retrieve or dispose of property left behind, and additional select property issues such as the Marital Property Act and division of debts during marriage, at divorce and at the time of death.
Click HERE to view and listen.

Property Issues Handout
Allstate Credit Module
FAQs About Property
Retrieval and Disposal of Property Spectrum Final


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We envision communities fully engaged to provide safety and to give a voice to all affected by domestic abuse, while creating the social change necessary to address its root causes. We honor the wisdom and strength of domestic abuse survivors across the lifespan. Our mission is achievable through survivor-centered work that includes strategic partnerships and collaboration. As advocates for social justice, we embrace the voices of diverse communities.