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NCJ Number: 236432 Find in a Library
Title: Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers
Author(s): Leah A Plunkett; Erika A Sussman
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Survivor Agency and Justice
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
National Consumer Law Ctr
Boston, MA 02110
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2009-VF-GX-K005
Sale Source: National Consumer Law Ctr
7 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110
United States of America

Ctr for Survivor Agency and Justice
3605 Husted Driveway
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document - Designates non-commercial publications, such as Government and gray literature reports.
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report from the National Consumer Law Center and the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice presents information for advocates and lawyers working with survivors of domestic violence on dealing with consumer problems faced by the survivors.
Abstract: The information is this document is intended for use by advocates and attorneys working with survivors of domestic violence in understanding the common types of consumer problems faced by the survivors. The document provides an overview of the common consumer issues faced by survivors and offers solid guidance on how advocates and attorneys can identify these issues when working the survivors. The report begins with an overview of the role of economic abuse in cases of domestic violence. This is followed by a brief look at common consumer issues faced by survivors that include managing household income and expenses, credit reporting, debt collection, foreclosure and eviction, utility access, credit cards and high cost credit, student loan debt, and auto access and ownership. The next section of the report provides information for advocates and attorneys to use in identifying their clients’ consumer needs. This is followed by a list of general and issue-specific screening questions that can be asked of the survivors to provide adequate background information to assist domestic violence advocates and attorneys. Information on additional resources for assisting survivors is also included at the end of the document. References
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Economic influences; Financial assistance to victims; Victim services; Victims of Crime; Victims of violence; Victims rights
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