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Policy Implications of the Relationsbip Between Domestic Violence and Welfare Receipt

By Jody Raphael

New research linking long-term welfare receipt and domestic violence has important implications for the current drift of welfare reform policy at both the federal and state levels. This article summarizes recent findings and offers basic guidance for the development of welfare policies that are more sensitive to the unique needs of Aid to Families with Dependent Children recipients who are domestic violence victims and survivors.

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