Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers

by Erika Sussman, Leah Plunkett | November 10, 2012

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The Screening Tool aims to provide an overview of common consumer law issues faced by domestic violence survivors and offer concrete guidance on how to identify consumer issues in the course of one’s advocacy. The tool is not intended to provide guidance in assessing legal claims and legal strategizing. Rather, it is meant to serve as an issue-spotting tool for domestic violence lawyers and advocates. Once advocates identify a need for consumer advocacy, coordination between domestic violence advocates and consumer advocates is critical to ensuring that family law cases and consumer law cases support one another and fit within the survivor’s broader safety plan.