YWCA gets $50,000 grant

LIHUE — The YWCA of Kauai has received a $50,000 grant to help domestic violence victims gain control of their finances.

“Financial abuse is often used to keep victims isolated, dependent and erode self-confidence,” said Renae Hamilton-Cambeilh, executive director. “The more someone understands the ins and outs of finances the more equipped they are to limit the depth of harm financial abuse can have on them.”

The grant, a joint effort with the YWCA of USA, was awarded to the Kauai branch by the Allstate Foundation, which focuses on building financial independence of domestic violence survivors.

Through the Allstate Foundation, Kauai residents who are victims of domestic violence and financial abuse can participate in The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Program, which will educate them on how to identify the signs of financial abuse and build a basis on which to become financially self sufficient.

“Financial hardships remain one of the biggest barriers to ending the cycle of domestic violence and living violence-free lives,” Hamilton-Cambeilh said.

YWCA will be launching a financial empowerment program. There are several steps someone can take if they are victims of financial abuse, Hamilton-Cambeilh said.

But the most part important part is for the person to know they are not alone. There are resources and assistance available, she said.

“Reach out, we are here and ready to assist in any way we can,” Hamilton-Cambeilh said.

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Jenna Carpenter, The Garden Island

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