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NCJ Number: 185944 Find in a Library
Title: Family Violence and Welfare Use: Report From the Field (From Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform, P 45-58, 1999, Ruth A. Brandwein, ed. -- See NCJ-185940)
Author(s): Ruth A. Brandwein
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter summarizes the author's own research to show how application for welfare is closely linked in time with domestic violence incidents; illustrations from focus groups amplify the quantitative data reported.
Abstract: The data reported here support and corroborate studies by the Taylor Institute, the McCormack Institute, and others regarding the strong correlation between family violence and welfare. In addition, the findings support the hypothesis that not only do abused women use welfare, but they actively seek welfare as a way out of abusive situations. Many welfare recipients have been abused. They need assistance to leave their abusers. They are often coping with emotionally disturbed children, physical or emotional problems, severe loss of self-esteem, and lack of education or experience, which makes it difficult for them to get or keep jobs when they first begin to receive welfare. They will need time, and in many instances a variety of supportive services, to enable them to make a successful transition from welfare to work. The additional finding that women are vulnerable to attack by their abusers shortly after obtaining public assistance suggests that case management, as well as stronger enforcement of laws against harassment and stalking, are necessary. Rather than simply attempt to reduce the welfare rolls as quickly as possible, welfare workers should develop plans with their clients to ensure their safety, provide realistic expectations and appropriate supports that will protect their safety, and help them eventually become financially independent. Similarly, those working with domestic violence victims need to understand the welfare system, advocate for appropriate services and exemptions as provided for under the Wellstone-Murray Amendment, and provide safety plans for those seeking public assistance as well as employment. 1 table, 7 notes, and 14 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Child welfare; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Economic influences; Welfare services
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