Lucille Roybal-Allard Addresses Economic Barriers for Domestic Violence Survivors with Legislation
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) is trying to help break down economic barriers for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. She reintroduced legislation last month that would ensure survivors who need services like medical attention and legal assistance can take leave from work, allow survivors who have to leave their jobs to receive unemployment insurance, protect survivors from being fired because they experienced violence or because they requested protections at work to stay safe, and invest in a national awareness campaign to encourage a culture of prevention and support. The Security and Financial Empowerment Act, which Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced in the Senate, would also call for a report from the Government Accountability Office to examine implications and find solutions to address student loan burden for domestic violence survivors. “When we talk about support for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography, we too often forget about the severe economic impact this abuse can have on survivors,” said Roybal-Allard. “Allowing survivors to seek legal, mental, health, and economic relief from their situation will empower them to break the cycle of violence.” One in four women and one in nine men have suffered sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. More here.