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I used to manage a quilting store, and I was fired for being a victim of domestic violence. WORSE, when I added my time with them to my employment experience on my resume when looking for a new job, the owner pretended she had no idea who I was when a prospective employer called for a reference. I helped build that store from the ground up, and the store's reputation fro being a fun, quirky place to shop was due to me. Its important to have laws that protect victims of domestic violence from job loss, but without the financial resources, family support, and a safe home environment free of abuse, taking legal action against a former employer who unlawfully fired a domestic violence victim is unlikely. 

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While studies of abused women show that nearly seventy-five percent experience harassment by their abuser in the workplace, state laws do nothing to bar employment discrimination against victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault; it legal in most states. Just six, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island, have laws on the books that protect abuse victim’s jobs, financially empowering her to create an exit strategy.

Lack of awareness about the dynamics between an abuser and victim is just as culprit as the abuser's violence itself... One of the ways an abuser is able to keep the victim from leaving is by maintaining financial control over their partner. How can a victim leave. if s/he has no financial resources? Should her children become homeless right along side her? Mine were, when I left my abuser. Here's a little nugget of wisdom: Have you ever asked yourself why victims of domestic violence continue in a dangerous relationship? The answer is THIRTY DAYS. Thirty days is the time limit given at DV shelters, IF there is space available for you and your children. Thirty days is NOT ENOUGH time for a victim of domestic abuse to get protection orders in place, get mentally stable, find a job, and have received enough paychecks to be able to afford a deposit and first month's rent on housing. Its true that many states will assist with deposits for DV victims, but who who will rent to a tenant with no job? Showing up with a DV grant to cover move in costs is a big warning flags to landlords... the last thing they want is to have problem tenants, and using the grants for relocating just advertise the fact that your life is out of control and you have more problems than you can deal with alone.

click these links to read more on this subject:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/20/2190691/domestic-violence-employment-discrimination/

http://www.speakoutloud.net/male-perpetrators/economic-abuse




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