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The Family Violence Option of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

Interpretation and Implementation

By Wendy Pollack & Martha F. Davis

The Family Violence Option of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, if properly implemented, can give states significant flexibility in addressing the needs of poor battered women. This article describes the option, its interpretation, and guidelines for successful implementation.

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