ERIC Number: ED473925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Domestic Violence and Welfare Policy: Research Findings That Can Inform Policies on Marriage and Child Well-Being. Research Forum on Children, Families, and the New Federalism.
Asserting that the welfare reform proposals of the mid-1990s drew attention to the problem of domestic violence among individuals receiving public assistance who are among the poorest of the poor, this report examines what is known from past research on domestic violence that may inform policies related to marriage and child well-being. In addition, the report highlights areas for future research, and strategies that can advance stable marriages and improve the well-being of children who otherwise might suffer the effects of domestic violence. The report examines research on: (1) prevalence and correlates of domestic violence among women on welfare; (2) effects of domestic violence on child well-being; and (3) marriage and domestic violence. The report then assesses the implications for welfare policy and future research. Policy implications include: (1) early disclosure of abuse should be encouraged; (2) abuse among youth may need special consideration; (3) young children could benefit from early intervention and skills training; (4) coordination between child protective services and domestic violence organizations is important; (5) increased income support strategies may make women less vulnerable to abuse; (6) increased investments in low-income men may be necessary; and (7) addressing attitudes about domestic violence could be useful. (Contains 41 endnotes.) (EV)
Descriptors: Battered Women, Change Strategies, Children, Family Violence, Incidence, Literature Reviews, Marital Instability, Marriage, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Well Being
National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 154 Haven Ave., New York, NY 10032-1180. Tel: 212-304-7119; Fax: 212-544-4200; Web site: http://www.nccp.org; Web site; http://www.researchforum.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Children in Poverty.