Guidebook on Consumer and Economic Civil Legal Advocacy for Survivors

The purpose of this Guidebook is to offer concrete consumer and economic civil legal remedies, as well as nonlegal advocacy strategies, through the lens of survivor centered advocacy that is rooted in the experiences of survivors who are living in poverty. This Guidebook was authored and developed in collaboration with advocates and attorneys across the country who hold unique expertise at the intersection of consumer law, economic advocacy, and domestic violence. Chapters feature a range of consumer and economic civil legal issues, including credit reporting and repair, discriminatory credit, and identity theft, debt collections and defense; navigating student loans, bankruptcy and foreclosure, federal tax advocacy, economic relief in civil protection orders; economic issues in family law; barriers in civil court, rights and protections in housing and employment; and advocacy for survivors with criminal records.

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Full Faith and Credit for Protection Orders: Assisting Survivors with Enforcement Across Jurisdictional Lines

This guide for advocates provides information on the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act, 18 U.S.C. §2265, enforcement and registration of protection orders, and tips to help survivors on relocation, safety planning, risk assessment, and firearms removal.

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Office on Violence Against Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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Office for Victims of Crime

OVC, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, oversees programs and grants for service providers and other professionals who assist victims of crime.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention and Services

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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