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Realizing Your Economic Action Plan (REAP)

Now accepting applications for the REAP program. REAP has been developed to assist women, especially women in domestic violence situations or who have experienced intimate partner violence, with determining what goals are important to you and what steps you wish to take in order to meet those goals. REAP provides economic information and offers a learning opportunity to assist you with laying out a detailed plan that will help you begin to take financial control over your life. Through the REAP classes we will support you in detailing a step-by-step plan which will assist you with finding and accessing the resources necessary to accomplish your goals and become economically secure. Safety for you to attend this program is of utmost importance to us. All activities in the REAP program are done in a confidential manner putting safety first. This a multi-session program that will be customized to fit your needs. Please call the Women’s Center (517.372.9163) and speak with Patsy if you have further questions or want to sign up. You can also email the Women’s Center at womenscentergl@gmail.com. There is no charge to attend the REAP program.

Economic abuse is defined as:

  • Controlling the financial resources (checkbook, income, gas money, grocery money, etc.)
  • Destroying credit (taking out lines of credit in your name, letting your car get repossessed, intentionally paying bills late to ruin your credit score)
  • Taking your money (stealing cash, checks or money from your ATM)
  • Making you ask for money or giving you an allowance
  • Controlling access to financial information (checkbook, insurance policies, other account information)
  • Gambling or spending life savings
  • Demanding details of how money was spent
  • Not allowing your names on accounts
  • Not letting you talk about money with other people
  • Devaluing your financial contribution
  • Expecting you to “behave” in a certain way because he makes more money than you
  • Preventing you from having or keeping a job; or destroying homework for school

**REAP is made possible in part by a grant from the Capital Area United Way