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Wyoming Economic Sustainability Resource Guide

Money Matters and Intimate Partner Violence

Wyoming Economic Sustainability Resource Expanded Guide

Financial Sustainability Among Victims & Survivors of Interpersonal Violence

     This toolkit is offered as a resource for domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) programs & advocates. Economic issues are a crucial component of both the perpetration of interpersonal violence (IPV), the decision to leave an abuser, and outcomes for survivors; since it plays such a large role in clients’ lives, economic matters should also be integrated, with varying degrees, into advocate’s every-day dealings with clients. This comprehensive resource covers several key areas that are likely to contribute to the advocate’s ability to support a client’s journey in becoming financially independent, including: 

1)    Foundational concepts
2)    Background information on financial insecurity and current statistics on homelessness
3)    Up-to-date resources with eligibility requirements
4)    Tools that can be used with clients
5)    Suggested resources that may contribute to the advocate’s ability to understand client situations, work with clients,

       and work with communities

How to Use and Navigate the Guide

  • Download the Guide

  • Open in Adobe

  • Navigate with the bookmarks pane

    • Go to “View”, down to “Show/Hide”, go to “Navigation Panes”, and select “Bookmarks”

    • This will show the navigation pane

  • Click on any heading in any table of contents to go to that section

  • Click on any heading hyperlink in the text to go to that section

  • Click on any website hyperlink to open the website

  • Use the Extended Version of the guide (found below) if you have limited access to internet service.


Tips for using the guide:

  • Use with new advocates and volunteers as a training tool

  • Use with clients during intake and assessment

    • Use as a “menu of options”

  • Use with clients during safety planning

    • Can be used to help a client see that they are not financially dependent upon their abusive partner

    • Can be added to relationship exit plans (such as gathering the items needed for certain benefits)

  • Use with clients who are struggling financially to explore public benefits and career development

  • Explore advocacy resources to stay up-to-date on economic empowerment issues, tools, and procedures

  • Use the Safety Planning Menu (still being developed) with clients of different populations & circumstances so that they can stay safe and plan for economic security

  • Use the guide to begin making community and state partnerships and referral pipelines





     The expanded resource guide is useful in situations when there is no access to a computer or access to the internet.  Many sections include expanded information on locations; in addition, much of the information that is found through following internet links has been included in the appendices.  It is quite a large document - over 600 pages total.  Click here to download.


     It is the better option for printing, since you have access to a lot of information without having to use a computer or the internet.  If you do not wish to print the entire document, simply limit the page ranges.  The appendices begin on page 235; if you wish to print it without the appendices, only print pages 1-235.  


Suggested Uses:

  • Print and bring with you to work with incarcerated individuals.  It is helpful to have resources at the tip of your fingers when directly working with those individuals.  You can also print it and put a copy in the library or resource room.

  • Save the PDF to a flash drive and arrange with the jail or prison to put it on their computers for inmates to use.  Oftentimes inmates will have access to computers, but they will not have access to internet.

  • Print all (or part) and put it in hotline bags.

  • Use the PDF version to quickly find information that may take more time to find when navigating through the linked websites.  

Printing & Binding Suggestions:

  • Print only up to the appendices, or pages 1-235, if you don't think you will use the appendices or if the price of printing is high.

  • Use a more secure form of binding than a 3 ring binder.  The pages rip very easily in binders, and in addition, moving around more than 100 pages on binder rings can be a struggle. 

  • Add section tabs for the main sections.  If you print the appendices as well, I suggest putting section tabs for the major appendices topics that you think you will want to access most often.

  • When pricing a full print and binding at Kinkos, they quoted me 11 cents per impression (2 impressions per double sided sheet), and about $7 to bind it - that included the comb binding (highly suggested), hole punching,  and front and back cover. When printing the full document, this could end up to be over $70 per copy.  It is much cheaper to print it yourself if you have a duplex printer.  I think the binding for $7 at Kinkos is probably worth it.

  • If you intend to use the guide in jail or in prison, keep in mind that there are probably restrictions in what materials you can use to bind the guide with (if you wish to leave it there).  This is why the comb binding is nice - it is plastic! Check with the jail or prison, but a 3 ring binder with metal rings will probably be fine as long as you don't leave it there.

Money Matters Brochure  click to download

This tri-fold brochure contains information about the vital role that money and other economic issues can play in romantic relationships.  Topics include: warning signs and symptoms of financial abuse; tips on how to have a healthy financial relationship with partners; and resources. 


This brochure can be used in several ways:

  • Use with victims/survivors to start and guide conversations about economic abuse.

  • Leave the pamphlets with partner organizations in waiting rooms and resource areas. 

  • Ask businesses to be proactive by leaving brochures in break rooms. 

  • Use the pamphlets to start conversations when tabling or during other events.

Intimate Partner in the Workplace Brochure  click to download

This tri-fold brochure can be used to help educate individuals and organizations on the impact that domestic violence & stalking can have on a victim's productivity and employment stability. Topics include: the impact of domestic violence/stalking on work productivity & employment stability; the protective role of employment for victims & survivors; signs that a coworkers or employee is a victim; how to support victims; and resources. 


This brochure can be used in several ways:

  • Use with victims/survivors to guide the conversation about the impact on employment.

  • Victims/survivors can give the brochure to their supervisor/employer to help start and guide conversations.

  • Advocates can distribute the brochures to business owners and managers.  Advocates can encourage these individuals to promote a supportive & safe work place and to be proactive in dealing with IPV in the workplace.  


Both pamphlets have a space on the back panel for local programs to insert their contact information. 

See below for instructions on how to insert DVSA program information and how to print & fold the pamphlets.


Inserting Local Program Information 

1. Open pamphlet in Abobe

2. Click "Fill & Sign"

3. Click inside the top left of the box titled "Your Local Advocacy Program"

4. Type in the local DVSA program information

5. Alternatively, you can print the pamphlets with that box blank, and put on stickers with your local program information.


Instructions for Printing

Note: The margins are narrow at .25 of an inch.  Most modern printers can use these margins with slight resizing that does not affect formatting.

1. Go to File, Print

2. Select the printer

3. Print in grey scale/black & white

4. Under "Page Sizing & Handling", make sure that "Shrink over-sized pages" is selected

5. Print on both sides of paper, flipped on the short edge

6. Print in auto or landscape orientation

7. Print a test brochure

8. Fold it in thirds using the inside vertical line as a guide

Expanded Guide
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