Publications

Law Enforcement Pocket Guide: Checklists to Support a Victim’s Economic Security

The Law Enforcement Pocket Guide is the perfect companion for first responders and investigators involved in sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking cases. This small, user-friendly tool contains checklists for economic red flags at the scene, evidence collection, investigation and interview questions, and chargeable economic-related crimes.

Justice System Policy Brief Series: Restitution Policy and Survivors

Restitution is a court-ordered payment from the offender to the victim for the harm caused by the offender's wrongful acts. Orders most frequently cover medical and counseling costs, lost wages, lost or damaged property, funeral expenses and other direct out-of-pocket expenses. The cost of emotional distress or suffering cannot be covered. Restitution differs from civil…

Justice System Policy Brief Series: Protection Orders and Survivors

As the primary tool for securing physical safety, protection orders must also account for a survivor’s economic needs. This can be accomplished in three ways. First, orders can offer the support to leave a relationship and be independent and safe. Next, protection orders allow a victim to keep going to school or work and avoid…

Justice System Policy Brief Series: Arrest Policy Policy Brief

The arrest of offenders is the principal tool of law enforcement to keep survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual assault and stalking safe and financially secure. Removing the offender allows a survivor to maintain economic security by helping her continue work or school and stay in her home without fear or danger, in addition…

Economic Security and Safety Guide for the STOP Grant Program

It has long been known that the ability of a survivor of violence to be economically secure is fundamental to that survivor’s safety. Every action taken – and opportunity to act that is not taken– by STOP administrators or subgrantees to protect survivors has direct and predictable consequences on the economic security of survivors. Criminal…

Economic Abuse Fact Sheet

Abusers often use economic tactics to gain power and control over a survivor. This abuse most commonly occurs within domestic or dating violence, but can also be present in sexual assault or stalking. Economic abuse can have severe and lasting consequences on survivors’ economic security and undermines their ability to recover from trauma or be independent…

Intersections of Sexual Violence and Economic Security

Sexual violence is pervasive: one in five women will be raped in her lifetime and 63% will experience other forms of sexual violence. Nearly a quarter of men will experience a form of sexual violence other than rape. While the immediate impact of sexual assault may include fear, injury, diminished quality of life and emotional…

Justice System Policy Brief Series: Economic Security and Survivor Safety, A Primer

Policies, laws and how the criminal justice system enforces them have direct and unavoidable consequences for survivors’ economic security. Though addressing the economic needs of survivors has historically been the role of social service organizations, policy makers and the justice system have the tools and ability to protect survivors from the range of harm and…

Population Policy Brief Series: Native Survivors & Economic Security

Intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual assault and stalking are crimes with deep economic impacts. These include both the resulting costs of violence as well as economic abuses used to maintain power and control. Ranging from employment loss to housing instability to debt, financial consequences can thwart a survivor’s ability to recover from an attack, leave…