Rowan Dunton


Domestic violence and intimate partner violence against women affects all aspects of their health, including physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. When social programs, support networks, and better opportunities exist to improve the lives of female survivors, the financial impact of their abuse can be addressed and reduced in a significant, sustainable manner. Reviewing existing literature on this financial impact of abuse makes it apparent what women want and need to recover from their former, or even ongoing, situations. Effective preventative measures against financial harm include closing the gender wage gap and offering welfare programs for lower-income women to increase their economic opportunities, while restorative measures include financial educational curriculums and social services like dedicated shelters for female survivors. Through a greater understanding of avenues to support survivors of abuse, implications for policies at all levels of government arise.