Since its establishment in 1982, Renewal House has provided domestic violence victims and survivors with peer to peer counseling, individualized advocacy, domestic violence education, emergency crisis support, and other client-centered, trauma informed services.
Covering over 2,800 square miles, St. Lawrence County is the largest and most rural county in New York State. According to 2015 US Census data, approximately 19.7% of St. Lawrence County residents are living below the federal poverty line, making us the fourth poorest county in the state. That’s nearly 5% higher than the national average. Furthermore, women age 18 to 24 account for the largest demographic living in poverty within the county. According to data collected by the National Crime Victimization Survey, women age 18 to 24 are most likely to be victimized by an intimate partner.
The link between poverty and domestic violence is undeniably clear. According to a study released by the Allstate Foundation, 99% of surveyed victims and survivors of domestic violence reported experiencing some form financial abuse. This often meant being denied access to direct and indirect financial resources—things like money, credit cards, bank statements, and budgeting skills—needed to break free from the violence. Financial abuse is one of the primary reasons domestic violence victims stay in or return to abusive relationships. Without financial resources of their own, victims are often unable to provide for themselves and their families, secure safe housing, or save for the future.
Renewal House believes that addressing financial abuse and encouraging economic empowerment is essential to the healing process, helping individuals move from domestic violence victim, to survivor, to “thriver”.
Renewal House has been given the honor to participate in this year's Purple Purse Challenge. Funds raised will go to directly to support domestic violence victims in St. Lawrence County overcome the impact of financial abuse. Financial abuse is often referred to as the silent weapon in domestic violence relationships. Help us break that silence by becoming a donor today!