The following resources address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and financial instability.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, VAWnet (2020)
Provides basic information on credit and credit scoring for survivors of domestic violence, who often face barriers to economic self-sufficiency.
Domestic Violence and Poverty: Some Women's Experiences
Research on Social Work Practice, 1(8)
Explores the experiences of low-income women who are survivors of domestic violence and shows that low-income women are more likely to experience domestic violence. In addition, poverty can limit their choices and resources to be able to get out of a negative situation.
Dreams Deferred: A Survey on the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Survivors' Education, Careers, and Economic Security
Hess & Del Rosario (2018)
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Reports the educational, career, and economic effects that domestic violence can have on women based on a survey given to women living in transitional housing, domestic violence shelters, or other domestic violence program.
The Economic Cost of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
Institute for Women's Policy Research (2017)
Examines the economic impact of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The article discusses physical and mental health needs of survivors, costs of health care utilization, how trauma can interfere with education and job instability, and more.
Economic Impact of Domestic Violence
Outlines statistics and provides an infographic on the national economic burden of domestic violence, including costs relating to criminal behavior, lost labor market productivity, medical and mental health services, and more.
Facts About Domestic Violence and Economic Abuse (PDF - 260 KB)
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2015)
Describes economic abuse in the context of domestic violence and lists different forms of abuse and statistics about economic abuse. The resource also offers suggestions for what to do if a partner is abusing you financially.
Financial Abuse Toolkit
National Network to End Domestic Violence (2020)
Presents resources, tip sheets, and curriculum to assist domestic violence survivors seeking to secure their financial future.
Income Support May Reduce Violence for Poor Families (PDF - 203 KB)
The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis
Discusses how poverty and increased stress over finances can increase the risk for domestic violence and how interventions that help with income support may help lower rates of family violence.
The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Poverty
Explores domestic violence and poverty and how a lower socioeconomic status can exacerbate the impact of the abuse, cause exceptional loss of resources for the survivor, and lessen positive outcomes for the survivor.
Violence and Socioeconomic Status (PDF - 238 KB)
American Psychological Association (2017)
Explores poverty and exposure to violence and describes how youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to be exposed to and suffer violence.
Women's Employment and Domestic Violence: A Review of the Literature (PDF - 258 KB)
Aggression and Violent Behavior, 31
Examines the relationship between experiencing domestic violence and employment instability as a result of workplace disruptions due to the violence. Findings showed workplace instability as a result of domestic violence and declining performance and productivity at work.