Pathways to Empowerment: Financial Independence for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in New York City - Change Machine

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Pathways to Empowerment: Financial Independence for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in New York City

In our featured case study, “Pathways to Empowerment: Financial Independence for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in New York City,” we spotlight an organization dedicated to supporting Asian immigrant women affected by gender-based violence. Established in 1982 in New York City, this organization has profoundly impacted over 2,000 survivors through a broad array of services, including legal support, counseling, and residential programs. Recognizing the pivotal role of financial independence in escaping abusive situations, the organization collaborated with Change Machine to incorporate financial security strategies into its services. Despite facing challenges such as staff turnover and high demand for services, innovative solutions like on-demand training and a referral pipeline were implemented to overcome these obstacles.

The partnership’s impact has been significant: survivors have achieved financial autonomy, decreased their dependency on abusive partners, and found independent housing. The initiative has also led to increased job satisfaction among staff, expanded fundraising opportunities, and enhanced community outreach. Change Machine’s contribution of training, support, and resources has been instrumental in these achievements, highlighting the importance of financial empowerment in the fight against gender-based violence. This case study celebrates the organization’s success in fostering financial independence for survivors, marking a significant step forward in their journey toward healing and self-sufficiency.

Read the full case study to learn more about how Change Machine empowers domestic violence organizations empower survivors with financial security and independence.