Compendium on Coerced Debt

10/31/2022 by Katie VonDeLinde, Adrienne Adams, Angela Littwin, Andrea Bopp Stark, Erika Sussman, Nkeiruka Aduba, Sara Wee

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About this Compendium

Coerced debt advocacy requires a basic understanding of the U.S. consumer credit and credit reporting system, a variety of consumer laws, debt repair, and the dynamics of intimate partner violence. The purpose of this Compendium is to put the range of research, law, and practical advocacy strategies at the fingertips of attorneys and advocates. Part 1 functions as an interactive guide to content in Parts 2-4, with links to external resources as well.

This Compendium was designed for advocates, attorneys, and all who work directly with survivors to help address coerced debt within their broader context of economic well-being and safety.

  1. Part 1: Compendium on Coerced Debt
  2. Part 2: Understanding Coerced Debt
  3. Part 3: A Holistic Advocacy Approach to Addressing Coerced Debt with Survivors of Intimate Partner Justice
  4. Part 4: Legal Strategies to Address Coerced Debt

This project is supported all or in part by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K065 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in the publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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