Places that Help: Federal
Financial Info/ Economic Empowerment
Information on the Economics Against Abuse Program, as well as resources for survivors and advocates supporting economic empowerment initiatives.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service
1-800-873-2227 (Consumer Credit Information Hotline)
Provides general information, advice, and assistance with debt and credit management. Also provides information on consumer rights and budget counseling. Their information hotline provides services in English and Spanish.
FreeForm helps survivors achieve financial stability through advocacy work and their compensation program, credit building program, and entrepreneurship program. FreeForm works with individual survivors to try to pair them with the appropriate resources in their state. Some of their programs have limited national availability, but you can contact them directly to find out what resources they can provide in your situation.
The Taxpayer Advocate Service
The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS. Their role is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly, and that you know and understand your rights as a taxpayer. Each state has at least one Local Taxpayer Advocate who is independent of the local IRS office and reports directly to the National Taxpayer Advocate. They offer free help to guide you through the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems that you haven't been able to solve on your own. You can search for the Taxpayer Advocate office in your state on their website or call their hotline.
VictimConnect Resource Center (a program of NCVC)
2000 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone & Text Helpline: 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)
The VictimConnect Resource Center is a place for victims of all crime to learn about their rights and options, confidentially and compassionately. VictimConnect can be accessed anywhere in the United States through a traditional telephone-based helpline and innovative text and online chat services Monday through Friday. Services are available in English and Spanish and interpreters for more than 200 languages can be accessed. Victim assistance specialists help people who reach out find appropriate national, local, or online resources. Additionally, victimconnect.org has information regarding types of crime, crime statistics, and maintains a searchable online directory for crime victim service providers.
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