Vocational Training and Financial Literacy
Building the skills needed to escape domestic abuse
Gaining economic independence from an abuser can mean the difference between staying in or leaving a violent relationship. L.I. Against Domestic Violence helps survivors of domestic violence gain the skills necessary to develop a strategy for becoming financially self-sufficient.
Vocational Advocacy Program (VAP)
Through the Vocational Advocacy Program, we provide services to help victims enhance their work skills to enter or re-enter the job market. VAP assists clients to identify their employment goals and achieve long-term employment.
Services are provided free and include:
- Individual career counseling
- Employment skills assessment
- On-site training in computer skills, resume writing and interview techniques
- Access to higher educational services
- Access training in specific skills and/or trades
- Job placement
- Household budgeting and other life skills
- How to negotiate the terms of employment with a potential employer
- Follow-up support services
Financial Literacy Program
Abusers often employ tactics to isolate victims from financial knowledge – such as preventing their partner from working or accessing a bank, credit card or transportation. Our Financial Literacy Program is designed to provide targeted tools and skills to remove financial barriers and plan for a safe and economically stable future.
We provide resources and skills through one-on-one planning and workshops covering topics such as basic budgeting, developing economic goals, banking and financial management.
- More than 900 survivors have obtained employment directly attributable to VAP since its inception in 1998.
- More than 200 have received computer training and educational referrals designed to address barriers to employment.