Unemployment Benefits for Domestic Violence Survivors
You may be eligible for benefits if you left a job voluntarily or were fired because of circumstances directly resulting from domestic abuse. You must show that:
1. You reasonably fear future abuse at or on the way to the workplace;
2. You need to relocate to avoid future abuse; or
3. You reasonably believe that leaving work is neces sary for your safety or the safety of your family.
You must provide the unemployment office proof of the abuse. This proof can include police or court records. It can also include documentation from a shelter worker, attorney, preacher, doctor, or other professional who has helped you. You should give this proof to the unemployment office as soon as possible after you apply for benefits. You should be prepared to explain that you tried to work with your employer to look for other options besides quitting or being fired, such as making changes to your work schedule or working from a different location. Even if you provide proof of domestic violence, the unemployment office might still deny your claim. You have the right to appeal. The appeal must be filed within 10 calendar days of the mailing date listed on the determination notice.
South Carolina Legal Services serves domestic violence survivors in many different ways. If you are suffering domestic violence and looking for help, please call us so we can help. You can apply for legal help by calling (888) 346-5592 or online by visiting https://www.lawhelp.org/sc/online-intake.