A Survivor-Centered Policy Platform & Recommendations for Coerced Debt, Housing, Public Benefits & Solidarity Economy
In March 2021, a group of advocates & attorneys from gender-based violence advocacy & legal services programs came together to uplift a survivor-centered vision for economic equity. Six visioning calls with nearly 90 survivors and advocates from across NYC informed the policy platform and recommendations.
94-99% of intimate partner violence survivors experience economic abuse. Individual risks of abuse increase for marginalized communities by virtue of race, class, gender identity, sexuality, immigration status, disability, & other identity factors. The economic impacts of COVID-19 on survivors are compounded by long-standing community & service barriers in NYC that can last a lifetime.
“One of the things that make it so hard to get a place to live is that they check your credit. Just imagine someone who’s been through domestic violence, who’s suffering from trauma & whose partner had all the money. How is she going to find a safe place to live?” — survivor from visioning call
“I wish there was some kind of community only for people in distress. For example, women with small children can live in a big building that has daycare, big laundries, & they can take turns to work there.” —survivor from visioning call
“They need to change the current policies & restrictions that do not let us access the benefits, in order to solve our issues… The access to a safe place, food…& being able to work without any fear, nor discrimination so we can move on.” —survivor from visioning call
“There are many of who know how to do many things. We can get together and show others what we can do…That could help us financially.” —survivor from visioning call
We need people power, partners, and champions to turn this vision into action.
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The creation of the report was generously funded in part by the New York Women’s Foundation.
Other foundations and individuals interested in supporting future advocacy work of this initiative should reach out to CSAJ.