Accounting for Economic Security, An Atlas
There is no safety for survivors of domestic violence without economic security, and there is no economic security without social equality. Domestic violence can only be meaningfully addressed with a shift in the way we – direct service providers, organizations, institutions, and even policies – respond to survivors’ economic needs. This Atlas presents an approach to advocacy for survivors, which shifts the underlying goal from economic self-sufficiency to economic agency, and places the intersecting identities of survivors at the center of our work.
Map Book #1: Mapping the Terrain: Toward a New Economic Advocacy Paradigm
The Economic Security for Survivors Atlas will be released in a series of three Map Books: Mapping, Navigating, and Changing the Terrain. In this first Map Book, we’ve gathered insights from research, practice, and survivors’ experiences to describe the landscape and articulate a framework for intersectional advocacy based on the following four Guideposts:
- Economic hardship and poverty constrain survivors’ options for safety
- The economic impact of domestic violence is profound and ripples throughout survivors’ lives
- Systemic barriers impede survivors’ access to economic stability
- Social inequality, based on one’s culture, identity and experiences, shapes survivors’ options for economic security and safety