The National Survivor Financial Security Policy Map and Scorecard

How well does your state support survivors’ financial security?

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  • Alabama

    Rank: 47th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Alaska

    Rank: 23rd

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • Arizona

    Rank: 20th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Arkansas

    Rank: 38th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • California

    Rank: 1st

    financial security friendly

    This state is prioritizing survivors’ financial security in a broad range of policies and is on its way to becoming a Model State!

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  • Colorado

    Rank: 4th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Connecticut

    Rank: 10th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Delaware

    Rank: 21st

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • District of Columbia

    Rank: 4th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Florida

    Rank: 25th

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • Georgia

    Rank: 49th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Hawaii

    Rank: 9th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Idaho

    Rank: 38th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Illinois

    Rank: 2nd

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Indiana

    Rank: 49th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Iowa

    Rank: 38th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Kansas

    Rank: 29th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Kentucky

    Rank: 47th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Louisiana

    Rank: 25th

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • Maine

    Rank: 12th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Maryland

    Rank: 12th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Massachusetts

    Rank: 12th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Michigan

    Rank: 18th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Minnesota

    Rank: 11th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Mississippi

    Rank: 51st

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Missouri

    Rank: 34th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Montana

    Rank: 29th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Nebraska

    Rank: 22nd

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • Nevada

    Rank: 7th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • New Hampshire

    Rank: 34th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • New Jersey

    Rank: 18th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • New Mexico

    Rank: 15th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • New York

    Rank: 7th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • North Carolina

    Rank: 23rd

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • North Dakota

    Rank: 34th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Ohio

    Rank: 34th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Oklahoma

    Rank: 38th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Oregon

    Rank: 3rd

    financial security friendly

    This state is prioritizing survivors’ financial security in a broad range of policies and is on its way to becoming a Model State!

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  • Pennsylvania

    Rank: 42nd

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Rhode Island

    Rank: 16th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • South Carolina

    Rank: 27th

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • South Dakota

    Rank: 27th

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • Tennessee

    Rank: 29th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Texas

    Rank: 29th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Utah

    Rank: 33rd

    some accountability

    This state somewhat considers survivors’ financial security in a few policies, but has a lot of work to do

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  • Vermont

    Rank: 16th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • Virginia

    Rank: 42nd

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Washington

    Rank: 6th

    taking steps

    This state considers survivors’ financial security in multiple policies, and is making progress towards becoming a survivor financial security friendly state

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  • West Virginia

    Rank: 44th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Wisconsin

    Rank: 45th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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  • Wyoming

    Rank: 45th

    little accountability

    This state does not prioritize survivors’ financial security or consider their unique circumstances or needs

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ModelFinancial Security FriendlyTaking StepsSome AccountabilityLittle Accountability

Snapshot By Overall Score

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0 States
Model
2 States
Financial Security Friendly
18 States
Taking Steps
9 States
Some Accountability
22 States
Little Accountability

States to Watch

Tennessee becomes the third state to define financial abuse in its laws

Tennessee recently passed legislation that expands the state’s definition of domestic violence to include financial abuse and leads the way in the most robust definition of financial abuse in the nation. Senate Bill 979 (2023)

Rhode Island passed and signed into law litigation abuse protections that are among the robust protections

Rhode Island's new law, in addition to preventing a harm-doer from abusive litigation and paying associated attorney’s fees, the harm-doer will be ordered to pay additional damages such as transportation costs, lost wages, and child care incurred due to the abusive litigation. SB 604A (2023)

Vermont joins four other states to create protections for survivors against litigation abuse

Vermont’s litigation abuse protections bill has recently passed and will take effect starting September 2023. This includes a list of protections for survivors who are being subjected to further harm through abusive litigation (e.g. when the harm doer is using litigation for the purpose of causing harm to the survivor or maintaining contact with them). HB 45 (2023)

Oregon introduced legislation to make sweeping changes to the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Program

Oregon's bill includes an exemption in reporting to law enforcement requirements for domestic violence survivors. SB 1039 (2023)

California passed legislation to bring much need relief to survivors against coerced debt 

California signed into law important legislation that helps survivors get relief from coerced debt. A survivor will be able to submit a "right of action" claim. (ie. providing documentation) to a creditor (i.e. a credit card company) to show the debt was due to coercion. SB 975 (2022)

North Carolina introduced legislation that would create the “Coerced Debt and Relief Act"

North Carolina’s bill would protect survivors from coerced debt and would also add the ability for a survivor to sue a harm-doer for the amount of debt incurred in their name, plus attorney’s fees and costs. HB 561 (2023)

Arizona introduced legislation to make minor improvements to its rental protection law

Arizona’s bill would expand on current law to allow for a more expansive list of documentation such as letters from qualified 3rd parties; therapists, victim advocates, health professionals, and social workers as evidence. This change would make their current rental protections more accessible to all survivors. SB 1644 (2023)

New Hampshire introduced legislation to expand the state’s definition of domestic violence to include economic abuse tactics.

New Hampshire’s bill would include economic abuse tactics such as interfering with a survivor’s job and controlling their paychecks and assets. HB 549 (2023)

Connecticut introduced legislation to enhance its rental protections

Connecticut's bill would prevent a landlord from discriminating against someone based on their status as a survivor. Raised Bill 906 (2023)

Montana introduced legislation to create safe leave for survivors of domestic violence

Montana’s will would create a paid sick leave policy that would include safe leave for survivors. HB 386 (2023)

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