Criminal Records and Employment Rights: A Tool for Survivors of Domestic Violence

by Erika Sussman | October 28, 2013

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Many survivors of domestic violence find themselves with criminal records. Oftentimes this is due to coerced criminal acts, experienced at the hands of their partner. Sometimes, this is a result of a misguided criminal justice system response to their partner’s abuse (for example, a dual arrest). Whatever the reason, survivors who have a criminal record face enormous challenges in accessing employment and economic security. If you find yourself in this position, this tool may be helpful to you. The following information is designed to 1) help you to better understand your employment rights, and 2) offer tips and resources as you prepare for the job application and interview process, as you attend job interviews, and once you’ve heard from the prospective employer.