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Addressing employment rights for domestic violence survivors with criminal records

October 28, 2013

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 with criminal records face enormous challenges in accessing employment and economic security.

CSAJ’s Erika Sussman, in partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, developed two tools to help survivors and advocates 1) better understand the employment rights of survivors who have criminal records and 2) offer tips and resources to survivors as they prepare for the job application and interview process, attend job interviews, and respond to a decision by a prospective employer.

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

For advocates: Criminal Records and Employment Rights: A Tool for Advocates Working with Domestic Violence Survivors