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Review of studies analyzing economic empowerment and domestic violence

Domestic violence is one of the most pervasive forms of violence against women worldwide and is a critical obstacle to women's full economic participation and and empowerment. Although the costs and effects of domestic violence are clearly understood, the question of how to address and reduce this particular form of violence remains. 

Economic empowerment can give women the tools they need to live independently and to support themselves and their children. However, studies exploring the interplay between economic empowerment and domestic violence provide conflicting understandings of when and how economic empowerment of women can be an effective strategy to combat domestic violence.

This project, undertaken by the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, the Global Gender Justice Clinic, Seneca Point Global,  and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, seeks to undertake a comprehensive review of the existing literature in an attempt to identify benchmarks that can measure the impact of economic empowerment on women's ability to leave a domestic violence situation and determine how and when economic empowerment can protect or empower women against such violence.