Headline September 07, 2019/ '' 'BOOSTING -VIOLENCE-SURVIVORS- BETTERMENT' ''



DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, - violence against students, and girls, and children, has grown into a  disease for the entire mankind, the world over.

The World Students Society - in no time ahead, will be presenting a Global Module with  mechanisms of monitoring and evaluation solutions with anonymity, space and privacy for the survivors. All in the service of humanity.

STUDENT ERICA CRIED WHEN SHE realised her ex-husbands ongoing financial abuse meant she'd she'd have to defer going back to school for a year.

But her tears lasted just 45 seconds before she pulled herself together and began the process of refocusing. ''I picked myself backup and said, ''okay, this is where we're at right now,'' she said.

The mother of three was one of  nearly 1,200 participants last year in an  economic empowerment programme offered by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The combination of counselling, a matched-savings programme and other support has boosted not only her bank account, but her self-esteem and ability to bounce back from setbacks.

''There is so much embarrassment and shame and frustration and the feeling that this person is just pulling you in a tiny box.

So when someone connects and is saying, 'not only I'm going to help you, I'm going to help you thrive in the world,' that literally changes the outlook of anyone,'' said Erica, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because her agreement with the crisis center requires her to keep confidential the service that she is receiving.

Studies suggest that nearly all 'domestic violence' cases involve financial abuse, which can include restricting a partner's spending, blocking access to bank accounts, racking up debt in the partner's name and other controlling behaviors.

It's often a key barrier to leaving an abusive relationship and an obstacle to achieving independence afterward. That has led to efforts across the country to look beyond immediate safety needs of victims to the skills they need for long-term economic security.

''What's so dangerous about financial abuse, and what isn't as visible to people, is that for someone who is being financially abused their resources and success is completely cut off,'' said Marie Linebaugh, the coalition's programme director.

''It makes it more challenging for survivors to leave and once they leave, it's harder for them to maintain that independence and not go back..''

In contrast to other programmes that are linked to cities or counties, New Hampshire's Programme state-wide and and includes specially trained AmeriCorps workers who help participant with financial safety plans and budgets and support them as they rebuild their credit and save money.

Thanks to a partnership with Bank New Hampshire, those who open savings accounts see their savings matched dollar to dollar. For additional safety, bank statements are sent to the coalitions office instead of homes.

Funding for the matched savings programmes from the Allstate Foundation, which also provides the curriculum for the financial literacy classes and has invested more than $60 million to help more than 1.3 million survivors nationwide since 2005.

Linebaugh acknowledges that some parts of the curriculum tips are saving for retirement or buying a house don;t fit participants who are struggling to scrape together one month's rent and a security deposit.

So the AmeriCorps workers are encouraged to tailor their support and meet survivors where they're at. If someone says, ''budgets scare me: I don't even want to talk about it,'' the response might be, ''let's not call it budget. Let's call it wants versus  needs. Let's bring it down a little,'' Linebaugh said.

Of the 1,176 survivors who participated in at least one component of the project, just fewer than 100 participated in the matched savings programme.

That  included a woman who had carefully saved money anticipating she'd need to pay rent when her abuser went to jail, only to learn from her landlord that she was about to be evicted because the rent hadn't been paid in months.  .

''That was news to her,'' Linebaugh said. ''With the money she had saved up, we enrolled her in the matched savings programme, and she worked out a deal with the landlord. If we hadn't had that programme in place, she very well could have lost her housing.''

The latest Global Operational Research on Domestic Violence, all kinds, every kind, continues. !WOW! thanks AP.

With very respectful and loving dedication to all the survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and then the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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