Economic Options

Economic abuse, lack of resources and opportunities, and the high costs associated with starting over all function as barriers to survivors’ ability to escape violent relationships and maintain safe, stable lives. Effective advocacy centers on the strengths and resilience of survivors and provides tools and options to promote the prosperity among survivors and their children. TCFV is dedicated to supporting advocates and survivors by serving as a clearinghouse of relevant economic related information and resources and promoting economic justice through policy and systems advocacy.

Building Partnerships for Economic Justice: Enhancing Consumer Rights Advocacy with Survivors of Domestic Violence

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.).

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