Senior Policy Associate
Areas of Expertise: Economic Security for Survivors, Violence & Safety
Alona Del Rosario is a project associate for the Economic Security for Survivors Project at the Institute for Women's Policy Research. In this role, Alona focuses on developing training resources and providing technical assistance designed to increase the capacity of sexual and domestic violence service providers to respond to the economic barriers faced by survivors of violence and abuse. She also serves as an associate board member of End Violence Against Women International.
Most recently, Alona was a public policy advocate at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) where she advocated to strengthen state and federal legislation to support sexual and domestic violence survivors, increase funding and resources for survivors and service providers, and worked on a range of issues including intimate partner homicide, paid sick leave, and predatory lending among others. While at the coalition, she also managed the Economic Justice and Financial Barrier Reduction Projects, coordinating training and technical assistance for local domestic violence programs that offered financial empowerment services. Prior to ACESDV, Alona worked as a legal advocate in a domestic violence shelter where she assisted survivors in seeking safety and legal remedies as they navigated Arizona's criminal and civil justice systems, in addition to coordinating services for families in emergency shelter.
Alona discovered her passion for social justice and advocacy when she attended and later worked for Anytown Arizona, a youth leadership development program that laid the foundation for her career and grounded her commitment to public service. She holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from Northern Arizona University.
Executive Summary Intimate partner violence (IPV)—in which one person seeks to control another through psychological, sexual, financial, and/or physical abuse—has long-lasting health, educational, and economic consequences for survivors. Previous research indicates that IPV has substantial economic costs for both survivors and society; one recent study, for example, estimates the lifetime costs of IPV—including the costs…