Support Victims of Domestic Violence with Unemployment Compensation

Target: Florida State Legislature

Goal: Provide unemployment compensation for domestic violence victims

The state of Florida has introduced legislation to make unemployment compensation available for victims of domestic violence. This would make a huge impact in aiding victims break the cycle of abuse they are often stuck in. Support the measure and help those trying to escape from abusive relationships.

House Bill 261 and Senate Bill 130 are each aiming to reform the unemployment compensation laws in Florida. If passed, it would provide unemployment compensation to those victims of domestic violence who must abandon work or are financially unable to get to safety. This would provide a plausible means of escape for those who might not be economically able to do so otherwise.

In situation of domestic abuse, often times the victim cannot hold a job due to fear of the signs of abuse showing; beyond that, often times the abuser, in an effort to isolate the victim, will insist they remain unemployed in the first place. This puts many victims of domestic abuse financially reliant on the abuser, thus making them unable to leave.

Even if the victim had a job that gave them some financial independence, they often have to abandon their employment in an effort to get away from their abuser. This means that in situations where the victim is in life threatening danger, escaping is an economic impossibility; this is even more true for victims with children. Such barriers to safety must be taken away in order to lessen the degree of domestic violence in the state.

In 2011 alone, there were over 111,681 incidents in Florida; out of those, approximately 200 resulted in either manslaughter or murder. Such statistics are unacceptable. By instituting unemployment compensation for victims of domestic abuse, the cycle of violence can be broken.

By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the state legislature of Florida to pass the legislation currently being considered which would offer unemployment compensation to victims of domestic abuse. Victims should not have to be stuck in life threatening situations because they cannot afford to get out of them.


Dear members of the Florida state legislature,

I am writing to show my support for House Bill 261 and Senate Bill 130. This bill would largely impact breaking the cycle of abuse victims of domestic violence are often stuck in. Support this measure and enable victims to be financially capable of leaving abusive relationships.

Many victims of domestic violence are stuck financially reliant on the abuser; for those who aren’t, they often have to abandon the job they do have to escape a life threatening situation. This proves economically impossible, particularly if the victim has children who they are also trying to bring to safety. Such a situation must be rectified to stop the pervasiveness of domestic violence in the state; in 2011 alone, there were over 111,681 incidents out of which approximately 200 resulted in either manslaughter or murder.

Please take action to ensure the passing of this legislation so that victims of domestic abuse can receive unemployment compensation. Getting out of life threatening situations should not be a luxury only given to those who can afford it.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. ALSO, sometimes I believe the offender sabotages employment for the dv victim as in my case.
    I reside in Honolulu, Hawaii. I relocated here from New England seeking a more diverse and less religiously fundamental place only to learn after one year that Christian fundamentalism is rampant here. But prior this this I noticed that I was encountering workplace issues here unlike the mainland: bullying, mobbing, people assuming my intentions were negative and just basically trying to convince me I was not a nice person. I just wanted to work and maintain my responsibilities. Well, under these circumstances and against my better judgment, I moved in with a man I had been dating. It’s his father’s condo. His father also resides in the apartment. His father is the most draconian uneducated person I have ever met in my life. I just cannot imagine people this backwards. I thought that this would be a temporary solution with plans to return to the mainland. As time went by, I realized that I did not wish to stay with him or in Hawaii. Well, unfortunately, it has been three years later. I have not been able to secure a job, obtain regular employment, or even have opportunity for many interviews. The workplaces which do respond are mostly Christian fundamental companies or company cultures. I was desperate a few times and accepted but, of course, it did not work out as, “I was not the right fit.” These people saw my scars, bruises, cuts, and choke marks. They said nothing and did nothing accept run me off or terminate me for ridiculous reasons. I have lost everything I’ve moved her with. I have no savings, no money, and my credit has bottomed out. I have hit rock-bottom. I wish to fly out of Hawaii and start over in a more tolerant and liberal city. I have already researched this city. For the first time in my life, my driver’s license expired but I do have a State ID. This city has ample and excellent public transportation. Please advise. Thank you.

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