In January 2013, the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) was honored to be selected as one of four organizations to participate in the national pilot project, Building Partnerships for Economic Justice, developed by the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice (CSAJ), a part of the national technical assistance project, the Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative.

Partnerships between domestic violence and consumer rights advocates and attorneys are critical to achieving the joint goals of physical and economic safety for survivors of intimate partner violence. CSAJs national project focuses on enhancing consumer rights advocacy for survivors of domestic violence by linking domestic violence and consumer rights experts and attorneys with the goals of cross-training for a more comprehensive approach to the consumer rights issues faced by survivors, while considering specific safety concerns and survivor-driven advocacy throughout the process. Additional participating organizations include Once Place Family Justice Center (Montgomery, Alabama), Women’s Resource Center (Scranton, Pennsylvania), and Columbus Community Legal Services, Catholic University of America School of Law (Washington, D.C.).

As a project site, TCFV is receiving specialized web-based trainings on building partnerships between the consumer rights and domestic violence fields, intensive individualized technical assistance, as well as on-site training and strategizing opportunities with CSAJ staff and expert advisors on consumer rights for domestic violence survivors.

TCFV will be offering cross-training opportunities for domestic violence and consumer rights experts and attorneys in order to enhance the collaborative and comprehensive approach when addressing these needs with a victim of intimate partner violence over the next few months. If you or someone you know that is a Texas family violence program staff attorney / advocate or a consumer rights expert / attorney is interested in participating or would like additional information about the TCFV Building Partnerships for Economic Justice project, please contact Molly Woodard, mwoodard@tcfv.org or 1-800-525-1978.

If you are interested in joining the Economic Advocates’ Listserv, please contact Molly Woodard, mwoodard@tcfv.org or 1-800-525-1978.