BENEFITING: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Leaving an abusive partner is just one step in getting and remaining free from domestic violence. If a person who has been abused is able to safely leave their abuser, they often need support beyond the immediate crisis and help planning for their long term safety and success. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Paths to Freedom program provides domestic violence survivors with information, support, and referrals to help them overcome common barriers they may encounter after leaving such as seeking and securing financial assistance, finding housing, obtaining legal help, accessing continued domestic violence counseling services, finding educational assistance, developing and honing job skills, creating a continued safety plan, and accessing medical and mental health services, to name a few. Ensuring a survivor’s access to comprehensive services after leaving is critical to long-term safety and freedom from abuse.