Building Partnerships to Enhance Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors

by Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative | February 20, 2013

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The Building Partnerships to Enhance Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors: An Assessment and Resource Tool for Attorneys and Advocates aims to provide a starting point for attorneys and advocates interested in enhancing consumer rights for domestic violence survivors. The questions offer advocates an opportunity to self­‐reflect and assess their own organizational and individual capacity with regard to building partnerships to enhance consumer rights for survivors. The responses to the questions are intended to provide ideas and resources to attorneys and advocates interested in building partnerships for consumer rights both within their organizations and within their communities. Areas of focus include: a general description of consumer rights advocacy for domestic violence survivors, screening tools for consumer lawyers and domestic violence lawyers, program protocols and policies that promote consumer rights for survivors, efforts to enhance community partnerships, and innovative partnerships. Note that all of the practices and programs mentioned were developed in relation to particular communities and the needs of survivors in those communities. Thus, when reading this tool, advocates for survivors should consider these practices and policies in light of the needs presented by the individuals with whom they work and the communities in which we live.