Escaping domestic violence

Most Americans believe money is a major obstacle preventing victims of domestic abuse from escaping dangerous relationships, a new survey says.

About six in 10 people surveyed say a lack of financial resources is a challenge in leaving abusive situations, says the National Poll on Domestic Violence, conducted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the AllState Foundation.

Three in 10 respondents say money is the single biggest obstacle to escape, second only to fear of being found by the abuser.

Three out of four say emergency funds would be helpful, two in three say victims could benefit from job training, and more than half say financial training would be useful, the study says.

Three in four respondents say they know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence, the study says, and more than eight in 10 say the problem equally affects people of all races, educational levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Allstate Foundation will use the findings to inform its domestic violence program, which centers on the financial needs of victims.

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