VHA Social Work
Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) - VETERANS & PARTNERS - What Is IPV?
IPV Financial Abuse could include the following: 3*
- Controlling how a person spends his or her money
- Withholding money
- Stealing money, credit, property or identity from a partner
- Forcing a partner to overspend on credit cards
- Prohibiting a partner to open a bank account or a credit account
- Preventing the partner from working or making it difficult to maintain employment
Housing and Employment Instability:
Women Veterans who experience IPV are 3 times more likely to have housing instability due to intimate violence and it is the primary cause of homelessness in women. As many as 50% of homeless women who experience IPV either lose their jobs or leave the workforce (NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 2002).
Are you experiencing these or other financial concerns?
- General Financial Assistance: United Way 2-1-1 24/7 confidential and free information on community resources, including financial assistance. www.211.org/ *
- Financial Assistance for Victims of Crimes: Office for Victims of Crime https://www.ovc.gov/help/index.html; As a victim of a crime, you may also be eligible to apply for financial compensation. Contact your local Victim Advocate for assistance in applying.
- Financial Literacy Resources: National Network to End Domestic Violence Learn how to rebuild your finances after financial abuse. https://nnedv.org/resources-library/moving-ahead-financial-management-curriculum/*
- Medical Assistance: Face to Face Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for injuries on the face, head, and neck from intimate partner violence. ncadv.org/about-us/our-programs/cosmetic-surgery*
- Give Back a Smile: Dental assistance for adults who have experienced dental injuries from intimate partner violence or sexual assault. aacd.com/aboutGBAS*
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