Reap Training Institute

The REAP Training Institute provides domestic violence advocates with the knowledge and skills needed to increase the economic empowerment of women experiencing intimate partner violence. Our highly trained staff offers a variety of workshops on how to strengthen economic advocacy and financial literacy within your own programs. 


All REAP Institute trainers have in-depth experience facilitating REAP economic education classes and providing economic advocacy to women impacted by intimate partner violence from very diverse backgrounds -  some who are with their partners and some who have left their partners. Facilitators have taught classes in various settings including domestic violence programs, homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, community colleges, faith communities, Child Protection offices, libraries, and other community locations.

REAP Institute trainers have provided trainings across the United States including: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The REAP Institute conferences held in St. Louis have attracted attendees from throughout the country.

REAP Institute Training Options

Economic Education REAP Facilitator Training (To be Scheduled - late fall, 2014)

Training scheduled in St. Louis, MO - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

In this two to three day training, advocates receive the knowledge and skills to implement the REAP economic education classes including:

  • Introduction to the connections between domestic violence, oppression and poverty; facilitator skills; and adult learning principles
  • Intense focus on safety, economic education, and appropriate use of language
  • Opportunity to experience REAP classes as attendees while learning to facilitate all four economic education sessions
  • Hands-on practice of REAP activities; practice feedback from trainers

Economic Advocacy

Advocates providing quality individual advocacy can significantly impact battered women’s ability to seek financial security. This one to two day training defines economic advocacy and builds advocates’ skills in economic assessment, understanding and repairing credit, reading credit reports, creating an effective cost of living plan, saving safely, and dealing with collection agencies.

Trainers emphasize lessons learned and safety planning considerations when providing economic advocacy with women impacted by domestic violence.

Advanced Economic Advocacy

For advocates who are currently providing economic advocacy, this one to two day training builds on the beginning workshop, and helps advocates create detailed credit and debt action plans;  explores how to credit counsel;  introduces mortgage and foreclosure counseling; and provides an overview of bankruptcy options.

One Day Individual Development Account Workshop

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) help women save for assets that could increase their economic independence by matching their savings (for example, if a woman saves $500 for a home repair, her savings could be matched with $1000). This training uses ROW staff’s years of experience in providing IDAs to battered women and provides participants knowledge in:

  • Understanding IDAs, the history of IDAs, and the connection between assets, wealth and poverty in America
  • The connection between safety for battered women and saving
  • Exploring funding for an IDA program
  • Best practices for programs providing IDAs for women experiencing domestic violence
  • Working with banking institutions and data management
  • Building Leadership Support: Economic Education and Advocacy Services:

This one day interactive seminar for executive directors and other decision-making individuals in domestic violence service organizations reviews the interconnection between domestic violence and economics, provides a model for implementing successful economic advocacy services,  and helps leaders explore strengths and barriers to implementing programming. Information is shared regarding options for funding economic advocacy programming.

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