Consumer Rights Initiative
The Consumer Rights for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative is a national project that builds the capacity of and builds partnerships between domestic violence and consumer (anti-poverty) lawyers and advocates.
In 2020 – 2022, we’re focused on helping advocates, attorneys, and entire programs:
- Build communities of practice
- Address complex consumer legal issues, especially for survivors on the social margins
- Strengthen organizational capacity
- Relieve the costs and lingering harm of “coerced debt”
What is Consumer Rights Advocacy?
Survivors of violence face profound and long-term economic harms from both abuse and poverty. Abuse creates economic hardship, and poverty restricts options for safety – these harms build on each other over time in what we call the “economic ripple effect of violence.”
Many of these economic harms are known as “consumer rights issues,” and are things like: credit, debt, taxes, student and other loans, bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc.
Consumer Rights Advocacy includes a range of legal and nonlegal strategies that can equip survivors with critical information and tools to address these economic harms and costs that stem from abuse and poverty.
If you’re an attorney, advocate, or program leader working directly with survivors, we offer a range of cutting-edge trainings, resources, and individualized assistance to support you and your programs and communities. All cutting-edge. All free and open-access.
Since 2007, we’ve produced critical resources to help advocates, attorneys, and organizations assess the whole needs of survivors, develop programs and (re)steer advocacy, better address specific consumer legal issues, and advocate for systems change.