By Christine Murray, See the Triumph Co-Founder
We recently completed a new See the Triumph research study, and one of the topics this study focused on was the financial costs of an abusive relationship. In a post earlier this month, Guest Blogger, Kelly King, summarized the various costs noted by survivors in this study. To provide even greater depth into this issue, we wanted to share some of the comments that survivors made about the significant financial impact the abuse has had on their lives in the aftermath of the abuse. Take time to read through the following list of statements made by survivors of past abuse:
These statements make clear just how huge that the financial implications of an abusive relationship can be. Costs can skyrocket quickly, leaving survivors grappling with financial challenges while they are also facing the difficult process of healing emotionally and physically from the abuse. With limited economic resources in hand, many survivors face an arduous journey toward recovery.
Together, these statements from survivors offer an important reminder for professionals, friends, family members, and community advocates to be sure to check in with victims and survivors about their financial needs and challenges, especially because these could impact survivors’ journey toward recovery in other areas. The more survivors can be connected with resources and sources of support to help them achieve economic well-being--along with physical and emotional well-being--the more that they will be equipped to overcome their past abuse and move toward positive, productive, and prosperous lives.