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Continuing its commitment to advancing financial security and education for survivors, The Allstate Foundation recently provided $1.5M in Moving Ahead Grants to 26 state domestic violence coalitions. These grants will support innovative financial empowerment programs for domestic violence survivors.

99 percent of domestic violence victims experience financial abuse, and it’s one of the main reasons victims stay or return to an abusive relationship. Financial abuse includes tactics such as restricting access to financial accounts, limiting access to cash or credit cards, ruining a partner’s credit and preventing a partner from working.

State domestic violence coalitions will use Moving Ahead Grant funding for job training, matched-savings programs, zero or low-interest loans, credit-building services and financial education. Grant funds will also support the implementation of The Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Curriculum, to help domestic violence survivors move from short-term safety from abusive relationships to long-term financial security.

The Moving Ahead Grants have been a core Allstate Foundation program for more than 15 years. Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested over $70 million to end domestic violence and financial abuse and helped empower 2 million survivors to financially rebuild their lives.

“The controlling tactics used by abusers create a devasting ripple effect that makes it feel nearly impossible for a domestic violence victim to break free and rebuild their life,” said Ellen Lisak, senior program officer, The Allstate Foundation. “With critical services from domestic violence nonprofits and free resources, like The Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Curriculum, victims can find a more hopeful path away from abuse and toward a safe and secure future.”

The following state domestic violence coalitions will receive funding as part of the 2020-2021 Moving Ahead Grant program:

Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Nevada Coalition to end Domestic and Sexual Violence

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Incorporated

Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

Texas Council on Family Violence

Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Council

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. To learn more about the warning signs of domestic violence, see the resources offered by The Allstate Foundation.

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