Violence Free Minnesota is committed to economic justice. We work towards safety for all Minnesotans by creating fair, equitable conditions for victim/survivors to obtain stable, safe opportunities for financial independence. These conditions empower victim/survivors to make decisions about their lives and intimate relationships without fear.
“Why don’t they leave?” When trying to leave an abusive situation, one of the greatest challenges and barriers a victim/survivor can face is accessing safe, affordable housing. Victim/survivors often have to choose between staying in an unsafe home or having no home at all. Relationship violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. We’re working to change that.
Economic Empowerment Program
Violence Free Minnesota’s Economic Empowerment Program focuses on providing advocates and member programs with tools and resources to help survivors gain financial literacy education and economic stability.
Financial abuse occurs in approximately 99% of abusive relationships. Many victim/survivors describe financial abuse as the main reason that they stayed in an abusive relationship or went back to one.