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Program helps domestic violence victims start new life; business

According to a victim advocate, the main reason many victims stay in an abusive relationship is because they lack financial security. One woman recently started up a program that helps domestic violence victims learn to become entrepreneurs and make a new life for themselves and their children. The program is currently available in three California communities with plans to broaden its reach in the future.

The founder of the business program first launched a non-profit that was geared toward providing victims of abuse an opportunity to protect themselves from court decisions that posed a danger to them. That program has declared a success rate of approximately 71 percent in overturning courts that allowed abusers to walk free. In addition, it also helped victims to secure monetary awards for the damages they sustained as a result of their abuse. However, the founder of that program wanted to find additional ways to empower these victims and provide them with new opportunities.

FreeFrom is the new program that teaches women how to start up and successfully launch a new business venture. It guides the participants through all of the stages, from the cultivation of the idea through website design and development, as well as using the right tools to help their business grow. Out of the first 30 women who were selected to be the initial participants, all but eight have worked to make their business ideas grow to fruition and have realized profits in the first few months.

The woman behind the idea has plans to include more participants in the next workshop and has been invited to bring the program to New York City in 2018. The women who have experienced success expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to start a new life free from the domestic violence of their past. California residents who are currently living in an unsafe environment may take steps to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones. An experienced and compassionate family law attorney can help them as they begin a new chapter in their life without the danger posed by domestic abuse.

Source: alumni.berkeley.edu, "More Than Survival: FreeFrom Helps Domestic Violence Survivors Become Entrepreneurs", Linda Childers, Nov. 28, 2017

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