Our response to intimate partner violence (“IPV”) isn’t working – and the proof is in the prevalence. Despite a movement spanning over 40 years, 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 2 trans folks still experience IPV in the U.S.
So what are we getting wrong about IPV? The answer lies in how we frame the problem. We approach IPV solely through crisis intervention, when in reality it is an asset-building issue.
In fact, the #1 reason survivors stay in or return to abuse is because they simply can’t afford to leave or stay safe. This means that in order to disrupt the cycle of violence in the U.S., we must prioritize survivor wealth.
On October 8, 2020 we shared AFN’s newest publication as part of our series focused on closing the gender wealth gap, lead by authors from FreeFrom, which identifies innovative ways funders can support the financial security and long-term safety for survivors. We heard highlights of the new report from author Sonya Passi, Founder and CEO of FreeFrom, and Camille Emeagwali, Senior Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning at The New York Women’s Foundation, a publication sponsor.
Camille Emeagwali, Senior Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning
Sonya Passi, Founder and CEO