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NCADV charging for their stats?: The Surprising Hidden Cost of Economic Abuse Advocacy

Posted Jun 27 2011 6:41am
The Surprising Hidden Cost of Economic Abuse Advocacy

The Economic Abuse Recovery Center is dedicated to helping victims of economic abuse as they progress towards self-sufficiency. With that being said, I thought it was safe to assume that other organizations and advocacy groups with a a similar objective would advocate with us. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Organizations working together, sharing information about our common goal to break the cycle of economic abuse. If you do a quick Google search about economic abuse one of the things you will notice is that the agencies that do talk about it mention over and over how it is unseen and rarely discussed - both of these facts are true. We can all agree that raising awareness about economic abuse is essential. Now here’s what I find confusing: I have been doing extensive research on the topic of economic abuse and of course I turned to who I believed were the ‘go-to’ organizations in regards to economic abuse research and information and what I found left me dumbfounded. While reviewing economic abuse facts on the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website, I thought that it might be a great idea to add a few of those facts on our website and of course cite the NCADV’s website as the source of this information. As a national organization that is well-funded I can appreciate the information and research findings that they have to offer. Upon further investigation, I discovered a page on their website that contained rules to reproduce or even repost information from their website. You must not only submit a request on a lengthy form that contains 18 different questions, but it clearly states that if you are not a current member (and membership is not free) then they reserve the right to impose a fee. Needless to say I found this discouraging and did not complete the form and of course, I did not use information from their website.
During the course of my research I also contacted a Foundation that widely publicizes the fact that they are advocating for victims of economic abuse. In this case, I did contact them requesting permission to post a few facts from their research on our website and that I would cite the source of information. Well they never even bothered to get back to me. They discuss on their website the importance of ‘spreading the word’ and how they educate and train advocates. Well I am an advocate, as a matter of fact we are a network of advocates and obviously they aren’t even interested in responding to us - again, very disappointing.
So what kind of ‘outreach’ are we doing here? If you are a group or organization, the NCADV will share their information with you, but that’s as far as it goes unless you pay them a fee. Isn’t that kind of like saying “I’ll tell you about the devastating effects of substance abuse but you can’t warn others until you pay me”?
These recent discoveries truly make me appreciate the groups that the Economic Abuse Recovery Center does partner with - The Tri-County Crisis Center and Survivors in Action. I am proud to say that the information flows freely and I consider them to be valuable allies in the fight against Economic Abuse. For more information about the Economic Abuse Recovery Center or to download a FREE copy of our “Guide Towards Self-Sufficiency” please visit our website at www.economicabuserecoverycenter.org

Jodie SanJuan
Executive Director
Economic Abuse Recovery Center
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