Economic justice is the idea that everyone, regardless of identity, has an equal opportunity to successfully participate in the economy with no barriers or inequities. This includes receiving equitable and fair wages for labor, equal employment opportunities for everyone, and the ability to easily access key resources in order to thrive (such as affordable housing).
DCADV uses this framework to help guide prevention initiatives dedicated to community-level prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified several factors that increase the likelihood for sexual and intimate partner violence to occur, and are connected to root causes of economic injustice. Some of these factors include high unemployment rates, economic instability, poverty, and gender inequality. Through best practices promoted by CDC technical packages, DCADV aims to decrease these risk factors through economic justice-focused programming.
In collaboration with community partners, DCADV supports financial empowerment education for low-income, female-headed households. These efforts seek to flatten economic power imbalances by empowering women while simultaneously ameliorating risk factors associated with increased likelihood of violence. DCADV uses Allstate’s Moving Ahead curriculum as a guide for financial empowerment education.
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Integrating Non-Violent Economic Strategies Throughout Delaware (INVEST DE) is an emerging group of community partners dedicated to increasing the practice of economically just workplace policies. This collaborative group holds space for cross-sector discussions on ways to influence workplaces across Delaware to incorporate policies that can build safer, more inclusive workspaces for everyone. INVEST DE works together to make economic justice a reality for all Delawareans.
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Corporate and Workplace Training
DCADV believes that workplaces can work collaboratively with employees to build an environment where all employees feel safe and valued. Employee satisfaction at work has been linked to increased productivity, which indicates that investing in human capital long-term has positive effects on workplaces and, in turn, the economy. DCADV will work directly with management teams and employees to establish or enhance company-wide policies and increase trauma-informed practices to create a more equitable environment. Click here to learn more about free workplace training opportunities.
DCADV is involved in a variety of advocacy work to advance laws and policies that support survivors and create environments where prevention is possible. Policies that advance areas such as paid family leave and affordable childcare contribute to economic justice principles and address some of the root causes of violence. In 2020, DCADV conducted an environmental scan to identify the connections between economic justice, violence prevention, and policy best practices to enhance both areas. This environmental scan will continue to guide DCADV’s work around prevention policy and inform the creation of a white paper, to be released in 2021. Click here to learn more about our prevention policy work.
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