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April Athenaeum

“Crowdfunding through GoFundMe.com: How Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Frame their Requests for Financial Assistance and Why this Matters”

Join Dr. Monica Bixby Radu, Assistant Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology at noon on Wednesday, April 24 as she discusses how intimate partner violence (IPV) is a national and global problem that disproportionately affects women and children. Studies suggest that lack of economic resources contributes to survivors of IPV both remaining in and returning to abusive relationships. Recently, requesting financial assistance online via crowdfunding has emerged as a new approach for accessing financial help. This presentation will explore how survivors of IPV frame their requests for financial assistance through the crowdfunding website, GoFundMe.com. Findings suggest that utilizing crowdfunding may be beneficial for survivors of IPV when a person’s family or friends are unable or unwilling to help. This presentation will also explore the disadvantages of requesting financial assistance via crowdfunding.

This presentation is part of Kent Library’s monthly Athenaeum series, located in Sadie’s Place on the main floor of Kent Library. All presentations in the Athenaeum series are free and open to the public.

 

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