Why We Do What We Do
ASAP focuses on survivors who have already left their abusers. By providing emergency financial assistance, we help them obtain safe housing and to provide for themselves and their children. Read on to find out why we do what we do…
A Personal Story:
“So, now I'm a single Mom, without child support and trying to go to night school and keep my job. But with minimum wage, I can't seem to pay both day care and the rent, so sometimes I think about going back, just to make sure my son has enough to eat. It hurts more to watch him eat macaroni with ketchup for the third night, than it ever did to get beaten.”
From the personal journal of Sarah M. Buel; adapted from Buel’s Fifty Obstacles to Leaving (28-OCT Colo. Law. 19).
Financial abuse--while less commonly understood than emotional, physical and sexual abuse--is one of the most powerful methods of keeping survivors trapped in abusive relationships.
Research indicates that financial abuse is experienced in 98% of abusive relationships; surveys of survivors reflect that concerns over their ability to provide financially for themselves and their children was one of the top reasons for staying in or returning to a battering relationship.
Without assets, survivors are often unable to obtain safe and affordable housing or the funds to provide for themselves or their children. With realistic fears of homelessness, it is little wonder that survivors sometimes return to the battering relationship. Source.