Transitional Housing Toolkit
Employment Rights & Criminal Records
NNEDV has received many inquiries over the years from advocates who are trying to address the enormous challenges faced by domestic violence survivors who have a criminal record. Such survivors often have a hard time getting a job or may fear being fired if their employer learns of their criminal record. Some survivors who cannot maintain economic security through employment may even feel forced to return to an abusive partner for the sake of financial stability.
NNEDV, along with Erika A. Sussman from the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, composed the following documents that (1) help survivors and advocates understand employment rights; (2) offer tips on how to address one's criminal history with employers; and (3) offer resources that may be useful if a survivor is turned down for a job.
This information is offered in two versions: one designed specifically for advocates who are working with survivors and one for survivors themselves.