COUDERSPORT, Pa .– A Way Out, the Potter County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, offers 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, said Jennifer Rossmann, sexual violence advisor. She said economic and financial exploitation is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship.
“At the end of the day, this abuse often prevents someone from coming out of the relationship because they don’t have the money to do so and they live independently,” she said.
Some common methods of economic and financial exploitation include controlling a paycheck; withhold financial information or deny access to financial records; and place loans or credit cards in its name without consent.
The 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 long-term planning.
The course will take place twice to accommodate different schedules – a morning class and an evening class. All classes will take place via Zoom. Rossmann said that for someone who doesn’t have internet or device access, A Way Out might be able to host them in their resource center (space is limited).
Classes take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3. Registration is required before September 30 or from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, November 10, 17 and December 1. , 8 and 15. Registration must be before November 4.