CSAJ’s Guidebook on Consumer & Economic Civil Legal Advocacy for Survivors

A Comprehensive and Survivor-Centered Guide for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Legal Advocates

There is no safety for survivors of domestic and sexual violence without economic security.

This Guidebook was developed in partnership with a cadre of on-the-ground advocates, attorneys, and organizational partners in direct response to this need.

A product of CSAJ’s Consumer Rights for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative, the purpose of this Guidebook is to offer concrete consumer and economic civil legal remedies, as well as nonlegal advocacy strategies, through the lens of survivor centered advocacy – rooted in the experiences of survivors who are living in poverty.

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Essential Supplements

This Guidebook is part of a national project to build the capacity of and partnerships between domestic violence and consumer advocates and attorneys. This requires advocacy strategies at the individual, organizational, and systems levels.

Organizational support of survivor centered economic advocacy is critical to implementing and sustaining the practices detailed in the Guidebook. To that end, we encourage you to review and implement the Guidebook in tandem with the following resources:

Resource & Assessment Tool
Consumer Rights Screening Tool
Building Partnerships Pilot Report

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Acknowledgements

Special thanks to the survivors, advocates, attorneys, programs, and communities who have offered critical insights and experiences, and helped build this resource and inform CSAJ’s work more broadly.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2014-TA-AX-K023 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in the publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.