Ayanna’s advice for women: Always put God first because only He makes the plan.  My key takeaway is be honest with yourself, love yourself, be happy with what you have and do right by your children, and you will live an amazing life. Make saving your money and educating yourself about money a top priority. Learn how to make it grow, so you can be financially successful.

 

Women Breaking Free:
Stories of Strength from Survivors of Domestic Violence

A video series featuring Suze Orman, author, Women & Money

Standing in Their Power

Released in time for October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Suze Orman, Emmy Award-winning television host, motivational speaker and author, sits down with survivors of domestic violence to talk about one of the least discussed forms of abuse, financial abuse. In this seven part video series, we hear from incredibly brave women who share intimate details of abuse with the hope that by sharing their experience they will help change someone else’s life.  Orman, author of Women & Money, provides advice and insights that will help all women become strong, smart and secure.

The series of 10 – 14 minute videos is designed to raise awareness of the signs of financial abuse for both victims, as well as friends and family members of victims, and to provide tips to overcome it. Financial abuse can have the most devastating and long-lasting impact on the lives of survivors and their families. You’ll hear stories that include abusers who control their partner’s spending habits, preventing a partner from accessing bank accounts and keeping a partner from having a credit card.

You will feel inspired by the women’s courage and strength as they share stories of their abusive relationships and how they broke free.  The series was produced by The Hotline, with funding from the Avon Foundation for Women and Avon.  #WomenBreakingFree

Remember, each type of abuse is serious, and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind, for any reason. If you have concerns about what’s happening in your relationship, contact us. We’re here to listen and support you!

Special thanks Urban Resource Institute of NY for their partnership in the production of this series.

Warning: Some of the stories shared in these videos could be disturbing to hear.

Ayanna is a 34-year-old college student and mother of two daughters who found relief from an emotionally, physically, and financially abusive partner at a local domestic violence organization, the Urban Resource Institute of NYC. While living in a shelter, Ayanna became independent and now takes care of herself and her daughters through her job as a home health aide.

Ayanna experienced abuse at a very young age. At 15 she was living on the streets and in a relationship with a man who became the father of her first daughter. She immediately became financially dependent on him. At first, he would buy things for her, but then would withhold them. She needed him not just for companionship, but financially to help her with money to get to and from work, school, appointments, and transportation. She spent time between different homes, then a shelter because of her lack of financial stability. She worked part-time and took college courses, but it wasn’t enough to support herself and her child. She couldn’t go to class sometimes, because he would withhold money from her when she was acting strong, argumentative, or assertive.

Ayanna eventually left.  At the age of 27, she met her second child’s father who was verbally abusive. He left her when she was five months pregnant.

Ayanna’s advice for women: Always put God first because only He makes the plan.  My key takeaway is be honest with yourself, love yourself, be happy with what you have and do right by your children, and you will live an amazing life. Make saving your money and educating yourself about money a top priority. Learn how to make it grow, so you can be financially successful.

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