FreeFrom Launches Groundbreaking Self-Help Tool Delivering Financial Justice to Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Today, FreeFrom launched our first-of-its-kind online self-help compensation tool. Designed in partnership with global software development company, ThoughtWorks, the tool will provide survivors with the information and resources they need to pursue legal compensation for the harm they have suffered. We will begin beta testing the tool in California before rolling it out nationally later this year. 

Domestic violence costs $8.2 billion annually in the US. Survivors overwhelmingly shoulder the entire burden of their survivorship—in the way of medical costs, property damage and relocation costs—with little to no accountability on the part of the abusers themselves. Domestic abuse costs an average of $52,000 in lost wages over an individual's lifetime. Medical expenses for physical assault cost roughly $4,273 per incident, and mental health costs for physical assault come to about $1,631 per incident. 

Survivors of abuse can qualify for compensation through four avenues – Small Claims Court, Criminal Restitution, Tort Litigation and Victims of Crime Funding. However, many do not pursue legal recourse due to a lack of knowledge about their options and how to utilize them.
 
Our tool seeks to eliminate this challenge by providing interactive, easy-to-understand information. Now, a survivor anywhere in the country, at any time of day, will be able to access the resources they need to pursue economic justice, regardless of their physical or financial limitations.