Economic Justice Advocacy

Researchers, service providers, and women living in poverty have all substantiated the link between economic hardship and intimate partner violence (IPV). Women living in poverty experience IPV at rates approximately twice of those who do not and the large majority of women receiving public welfare have been abused by an intimate partner. Given the relationship between poverty and domestic violence, it is not surprising that studies have consistently reported that income ranks among the highest predictors of IPV and that material considerations such as income, transportation, housing options, and childcare are often the highest priorities in women’s decisions to leave their abusers.

The Consumer Rights for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative (The Initiative) enhances economic justice for survivors by building the capacity of and building partnerships between domestic violence and consumer lawyers and advocates. The Initiative developed from the recognition that:

  1. survivors face enormous structural barriers in their attempts to access justice;
  2. these barriers are rooted in economic disadvantage, and;
  3. collaborative civil legal advocacy is a powerful tool in remedying this disparity and accessing justice.