Upon enrolling in MSCFV’s Economic Empowerment Program, 54% of survivors reported having trouble meeting basic needs recently, e.g. running out of food, unable to afford health care or medicine, and having utilities cut off. 53% reported debt difficulties and 75% were unable to handle a financial emergency that cost more than $200.
The Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence Economic Empowerment Program team works to identify and address the economic and consumer law needs of its clients, to create the knowledge and partnerships necessary to effectively address these needs, and to develop a replicable program that can be duplicated across Maryland.
Economic Empowerment Activities include:
Victims working with MSCFV Case Managers are eligible to participate in the Economic Empowerment Program to identify and address their unique economic empowerment service needs.
In the first three years of the Economic Empowerment Program, the MSCFV team worked with 298 family violence survivors and provided free legal representation for 307 economic abuse related cases. The overall financial benefits to victims included: