A Way Out, the Potter County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, will be offering two free economic justice courses, one starting in October and one starting in November.

One form of domestic violence that is often overlooked is economic and financial violence, which is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship. Ultimately, this abuse often prevents a person from coming out of the relationship because they don’t have the money to do so and live independently.

Some common methods of economic and financial exploitation include:

● Control of your salary

● Withholding of financial information – denial of access to financial records

● Place loans or credit cards in your name without your consent

● Withhold money and / or give “compensation”

● Does not save you money

● Prohibit you from working or sabotage employment and employment opportunities

● Control how all the money is spent

● Moving financial accounts without your knowledge or consent

● Accumulated large debts on joint accounts

● Asset masking

● Tell you that they will never have to pay child support if you leave.

If you are currently or have been a victim of economic / financial abuse, you can participate in the course free of charge. This five-week course will help participants understand financial abuse and how to stay safe and start over, learn financial fundamentals, master the basics of credit, build financial foundations, and plan for the long term.

The course will take place twice to accommodate different times:

  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays October 6, 12, 20, 27 and November 3. Registration required before September 30.
  • 9 am-10.30am Wednesdays Nov. 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15 Registration required before Nov.

All classes will take place via Zoom; all you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer. If you do not have internet or device access, we may be able to accommodate you in our Resource Center (space is limited).

All participants are required to sign a group confidentiality agreement and complete certain admission documents before the start of the course. Zoom allows you to participate without showing your face.

All training material will be sent before the start of the course or can be picked up at our offices. There will be a weekly raffle for participants and after the course participants will be able to receive up to $ 500 in matching funds into a savings account.

To register or for questions, contact Jennifer Rossman at 814-274-0368 or [email protected] For more information about A Way Out and its services, visit www.myawayout.org.