Brenda, a domestic violence survivor, exhausted her life savings trying to protect her children. LSC grantee Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh provided her much-needed legal help.
Unlike Brenda, many domestic violence survivors are unable to get the legal help they need.
Recent survivors of domestic violence did not receive any or enough legal help for 88% of their civil legal problems in the past year.
The 2022 Justice Gap Measurement Survey showed that 98% of low-income households with recent domestic violence survivors experienced at least one additional civil legal problem in the past year, and 87% experienced at least five (in addition to the domestic violence). The most common types of problems related to consumer issues, health care, and income maintenance. Individuals from low-income households with recent domestic violence survivors sought legal help for 29% of the problems that substantially affected them. Scroll down for an infographic summarizing key findings related to low-income households with recent domestic violence survivors or download a PDF of the infographic.