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Cynthia Sanders Researches How Finances Impact Survivors of Domestic Violence

Cynthia Sanders

Cynthia Sanders, professor and Bachelor of Social Work program coordinator for the School of Social Work, researches how finances can impact women who are in abusive relationships.

Sanders published two articles in fall 2014:

  • “Economic Abuse in the Lives of Women Abused by an Intimate Partner: A Qualitative Study” in  Violence Against Women; and
  • “Savings for Survivors:  An Individual Development Account Program for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence” in Journal of Social Service Research, volume 40, issue 3.

Sanders also presented two competitive papers at the Convening on Financial Capability and Asset Building: Advancing Education, Research and Practice in Social Work in St. Louis, Missouri in April. The two papers were: “Promoting Financial Capability of Incarcerated Women for Community Reentry:  A Call to Social Workers” and “Applying Direct Practice Theories and Skills to Financial Capability and Asset Building.”

Organized by the Financial Capability and Asset Building Initiative at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St Louis and the Financial Social Work Initiative at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, this conference  brought together scholars and educators to examine research and education, and develop the social work agenda in financial capability and asset building.

Additionally, Sanders presented with her colleague Royce Hutson, associate professor in the School of Social Work “Economic Well-being of Resettling Refugees: A Random Sample of Households” and “PTSD and Quality of Life for Resettling Refugees in Boise:  A Random Survey of Households” at the Society for Social Work and Research conference in Jan. in New Orleans, Louisiana. Zulfira Pulatova and Refik Sandikovic coauthored both papers with Hutson and Sanders.