The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Survivors

COVID-19 increased survivors’ health, safety and economic risks. With a coalition of partners, CSAJ conducted a national survey to equip the field with data to advocate for domestic violence survivors’ critical economic needs.

Our Work

Consumer Rights For Survivors

Enhancing consumer legal advocacy & building partnerships for economic justice.

Survivors’ Access to Justice

Addressing the costs & inequities that block survivors’ access to justice

Racial & Economic Equity for Survivors

Helping programs identify and address the structural inequities facing survivors

Accounting for Economic Security Atlas

Mapping, navigating & changing the economic landscape facing survivors.

Demonstration Site Work

Fostering organizational and community change & putting the spotlight on innovation

Research and Policy Work

Research that reflects survivors’ lives & policy advocacy with real impacts

Our Impact

For many survivors, options for safety are out of reach. Nearly all survivors experience economic abuse, and those in poverty, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ are twice as likely to experience domestic violence. CSAJ works to ensure all have equal access to safety.

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serving 32,000

We train nearly 1,000 on-the-ground advocates each year, who in turn help meet the economic needs of over 32,000 survivors.

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ever National Summit on Coerced Debt

Over 100 joined from 36 states. As a result, advocates from 14 states requested our help to organize for state legislative change.

70 %
of survivors have debt, 80% want help

Our research before/during COVID-19 is creating a mandate for radical economic policy change, which we agitated for in the Comprehensive Credit Act Word.

See our work in action

Here are some highlights of our projects and work. Click the links below to learn more or to contact us for training or to partner on economic justice initiatives.

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Trainings & Conferences

In 2019, we teamed up with Lisalyn Jacobs and the Texas Council on Family Violence to discuss racial and economic equity for survivors at NNEDV’s Economic Justice Summit. Based on our REEP Project, we shared findings from Listening Sessions, our own internal and organizational work, and strategies to effect systems (and long-lasting) change.

District Alliance for Safe Housing

In 2020, we partnered with DASH to integrate economic advocacy into their survivor centered & culturally specific housing advocacy model and programs. It started with an in-depth organizational assessment to “map the economic ripple effect of violence” facing survivors in Washington DC.

Mapping Equity

From 2018-2020, we conducted a 3-part study to explore how statewide coalitions understand and address issues of equity. The findings and innovative practices from Equity Mapping, Content Analysis, and In-Depth Interviews with five coalitions were shared in a report. CSAJ Research Fellow, Kristen Mejia, presented findings at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Annual Conference.

In their our words

We share survivors’ economic realities, embolden advocates’ work, and promote strategies with an impact.

 

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“The resources and technical assistance that our coalition has received from CSAJ have been invaluable to moving our work forward. We’ve really been able to deepen our perspectives and knowledge base, and broaden our networks.”

Krista Del Gallo & Mona Muro, Texas Council on Family Violence

“I just want CSAJ to know how much we value your work… it informed our [organization’s] decision a few years ago to focus on economic security and empowerment.”

 

Webinar Attendee

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“CSAJ’s work submitting comments on payday lending to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helped partners all around country understand specific needs of intimate partner violence survivors and to also affect change within the CFPB.” –

Katie VonDeLinde, CSAJ Expert Advisor

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“Working with CSAJ…we identified housing and education as key issues, and are now piloting a housing project that provides free rent, free tuition, and a whole bunch of coaching, advocacy, etc.” –

Women’s Resource Center, CSAJ Pilot Site