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Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors Through Economic Advocacy

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Many domestic violence survivors have also experienced economic abuse, in which their partner exerted financial control over them to create dependency. The national Center for Survivor Agency and Justice (CSAJ), offers tools to service providers to help survivors access the economic resources they need to restore their safety and independence.

CSAJ has hosted webinars on a range of survivor-centered approaches, such as economic advocacy, an alliance between survivors and advocates that addresses the survivors’ needs for both physical and economic safety.

Here we have highlighted several webinars designed to help organizations serve survivors:

Survivor-Centered Economic Advocacy: Expanding Our Approach to Safety. Through examples-- such as helping survivors handle debt created by their abuser--and self-reflective questions, staff will learn how to practice survivor-centered economic advocacy. The presenter shares a helpful graphic, “The Economic Ripple Effect of Domestic Violence,” and throughout the presentation viewers see the application of key concepts as they learn the story of a survivor named “Jada.”

Doing the Work: Survivor-Centered Economic Advocacy in Organizational Context. The goal of this webinar is to place the principles of survivor-centered economic advocacy into an organizational context. Viewers will hear about “Gloria,” a survivor now living in transitional housing after leaving her abusive partner of 10 years, and the challenges she faces in finding stable housing and restoring her life. The presenter applies the principles to Gloria’s situation to demonstrate how organizations can serve survivors’ needs.

Building Partnerships for Economic Justice: A Report on Innovative Pilot Projects. CSAJ collaborated with four organizations around the country to develop innovative approaches to addressing the economic, housing, and safety needs of survivors. For example, the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania, schedules regular weekly meetings with survivors and community partners, such as domestic violence advocates and attorneys, to discuss survivors’ legal and economic and housing needs. They also host monthly dinner meetings where a professional from the community presents resources available to survivors.

To watch additional webinars from CSAJ, visit its YouTube channel or archive of more recently presented webinars.

Family and Youth Services Bureau grantees serving or working on behalf of survivors of domestic violence should also check out CSAJ’s recently published Economic Security Atlas to learn more about strategies to help survivors remain safe and access needed resources.

More on Advocating for Domestic Violence Survivors

How Does a Strong Advocate-Survivor Alliance Help Survivors of Domestic Violence?

Serving Native Women and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Primary Sources: Providing Critical Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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