Battered Women Children and Welfare Reform

A key chapter, written by survivors of abuse who were also welfare recipients, completes this much-needed addition to the sparse literature and research available on the connection between family violence, child support, child abuse, and ...

Battered Women  Children  and Welfare Reform

A key chapter, written by survivors of abuse who were also welfare recipients, completes this much-needed addition to the sparse literature and research available on the connection between family violence, child support, child abuse, and welfare.

Child Poverty in America Today

57 Why are women on welfare , increasingly women of color , not allowed to get an education ? Certainly there is no rational ... In Ruth Brandwein , ed . , Battered women , children and welfare reform : The ties that bind , 17-30 .

Child Poverty in America Today

Since the numbers of poor children have risen following welfare reform, a changing economy, and a lengthy recession, the time is ripe for a collection on child poverty.

Poverty Battered Women and Work in U S Public Policy

Pp. 131–143 in Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform: The Ties That Bind, edited by Ruth A. Brandwein. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Brandwein, Ruth A. 1999a. “Connections Between Child Abuse and Welfare.

Poverty  Battered Women  and Work in U S  Public Policy

This book presents findings from research on the intersection of poverty and men's coercive control of their wives and girlfriends. It articulates a progressive feminist human rights-based alternative to the conventional contention that policy should respond to poverty and abuse by reforming women's character and behavior through employment.

The Promise of Welfare Reform

therefore providing battered women throughout the nation with the same rights to access economic support and other welfare assistance. ... In R. Brandwein (Ed.), Battered women, children, and welfare reform: The ties that bind (pp.

The Promise of Welfare Reform

Find out how—and why—legislation has made economic rights more important than human rights Since 1996, politicians and public officials in the United States have celebrated the “success” of welfare reform legislation despite little, if any, evidence to support their claims. The Promise of Welfare Reform: Political Rhetoric and the Reality of Poverty in the Twenty-First Century presents articles from 23 community practitioners and researchers who challenge the “reform” that has turned public aid from a right to a privilege. The authors transcend conventional academic writing, offering careful and thoughtful analysis that examines the history of welfare reform, its connection to poverty, family issues, and the impact of racism on poverty and on the treatment of the poor. The Promise of Welfare Reform analyzes the consequences over the past ten years of legislative changes made to the public assistance program formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependant Children (AFDC). This powerful book examines the social, political, and economic context of welfare reform, including the elimination of poverty as a societal goal, how racial and ethic groups have been targeted, popular stereotypes about the poor and their work ethic, anti-immigrant hostility, the struggles of single mothers with children, domestic violence, and marriage as a realistic escape from poverty. The book’s authors address the need for empathy and understanding to change public sentiments about welfare and poverty. Contributors to The Promise of Welfare Reform include: Elizabeth A. Segal and Keith M. Kilty, co-founding editors of the Journal of Poverty (Haworth) Frances Fox Piven, co-author of Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare Ann Withorn, co-editor of For Crying Out Loud: Women’s Poverty in the United States Mimi Abramovitz, author of Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States Joel Blau, co-author with Mimi Abramovitz of The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy Margaret K. Nelson, author of The Social Economy of Single Mothers: Raising Children in Rural America Gwendolyn Mink, co-editor of Welfare: A Documentary History of U.S. Policy and Politics Kenneth J. Neubeck, co-author of Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card Against America’s Poor Lynn Fujiwara, author of Sanctioning Immigrants: Asian Immigrant Women and the Racial Politics of Welfare Reform Nancy C. Jurik, author of Bootstrap Dreams: U.S. Microenterprise Developments in an Era of Welfare Reform and much more! The Promise of Welfare Reform challenges current views on welfare reform and promotes alternative methods to alleviate poverty. It is an essential resource for sociologists, political scientists, economists, public policy and management specialists, social welfare and human services workers, and anyone else concerned about changes made to public assistance by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

Welfare Reform

Pp . 31-43 in Ruth Brandwein , Ed . , Battered women , children , and welfare reform : The ties that bind . Thousand Oaks , CA : Sage ; Riger , S. , C. Ahrens , and A. Blickenstaff . 2000. Measuring interference with employment and ...

Welfare Reform


Reclaiming Class

Childhood Sexual Abuse : The Forgotten Issue in Adolescent Pregnancy and Welfare Reform . " Pp . 131-43 in Battered Women , Children , and Welfare Reform : The Ties That Bind , ed . Ruth A. Brandwein . Thousand Oaks , Calif .

Reclaiming Class

The double-edged impact of policy and education in the lives of poor women.

Implementation of Welfare Reform Work Requirements and Time Limits

Introduction Battered women often use welfare as a step to gain the economic stability needed to leave a violent ... These comments will cover some of the key reforms that are needed to help battered women and their children achieve ...

Implementation of Welfare Reform Work Requirements and Time Limits


Reformed American Dreams

9 Jason DeParle, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and A Nation's Drive to End Welfare (repr., ... of Abuse: How Violence Perpetuates Women's Poverty,” in Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform: The Ties That Bind, ed.

Reformed American Dreams

Reformed American Dreams explores the experiences of low-income single mothers who pursued higher education while on welfare after the 1996 welfare reforms. This research occurred in an area where grassroots activism by and for mothers on welfare in higher education was directly able to affect the implementation of public policy. Half of the participants in Sheila M. Katz’s research were activists with the grassroots welfare rights organization, LIFETIME, trying to change welfare policy and to advocate for better access to higher education. Reformed American Dreams takes up their struggle to raise families, attend school, and become student activists, all while trying to escape poverty. Katz highlights mothers’ experiences as they pursued higher education on welfare and became grassroots activists during the Great Recession.

The Battle and Backlash Rage On

In R. A. Brandwein (Ed.), Battered women, children, and welfare reform: The ties that bind Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 79-83. Browne, A. & Bassuk, S. S. (1997). “Intimate violence in the lives of homeless and poor housed women: Prevalence ...

The Battle and Backlash Rage On

In The Battle and Backlash Rage On: Why feminism cannot be obsolete edited by Stacey Elin Rossi, hot topics include: misogyny, antifeminism and/or bigotry in "men's rights" groups and "feminist" groups (such as ifeminists); critiques of the mainstream view that feminism is an outdated idea and no longer needed; contemporary obstacles to overcoming backlash, such as corrupt manipulation of data in antifeminist rhetoric; and the like. Issues covered include: Rhetorical denial that men hold the responsibility to end rape Me-too-ism by some men in regard to women's only programs, such as healthcare Distortion of the image of the father by mens rights groups Implicit and explicit misogyny and antifeminism among ifeminists and mens rightists Sexism and the patriarchal birthright in divorce and its harm to children manifest in the custodial decisions taking away children from their mothers and leaving them in the hands of the abuser Prevalence of domestic violence and its impact on the nations children Backlash against an ill-informed view of affirmative action and political correctness that allegedly gives privilege, particularly to women The compendium presents a combination of scholarly and nonscholarly works, a blend that appeals to both academics and nonacademics alike. Its ultimate purpose is to demonstrate that feminism works for the benefit of all humankind and *not*, as claimed, to the detriment of men. These articles and essays will hopefully demystify the issues, give a desperately needed more powerful force in favor of feminism, and serve to controvert rampant antifeminism, which can be, in effect, cleverly masqueraded misogyny. This material is all rather cutting-edge. No volume to date has encompassed these very current developments in the sexual political landscape. All over the westernized world, the cultural melee surrounding the issue of sex/gender sounds like a cacophony of agitated voices screaming in rage. From angryharry blaming global warming on feminists, as well as rape on women, the very victims themselves,1 to MS Magazine bulletin board participants claiming that men hate women2, the ideological battle seems to be at a greater intensity than ever before. However, this battle remains relatively confined to the fringes of society and to academe; feminism per se is no longer part of our cultural mainstream. While women all over the world, particularly in developing countries, are increasingly associating themselves with the label feminist, women in the United States seem to be abandoning the term in droves. From boardrooms to bedrooms, not the four letter version but the eight letter F-word appears verboten. As criticized by some European feminists, American women, particularly those otherwise-would-be feminists, dont like to offend their men. Standing by their men, they have begun to increasingly eschew feminism and even have begun to join the ranks of the enemy the mens rightists. A search on the internet for articles and essays may produce thousands of hits on the obsoleteness of feminism; however, polls and general trends indicate that the vast majority of women, as well as men, believe in gender equity. One might hear a young woman say, contradictorily, Sure, I believe women should be equal to men, but Im not a feminist. According to Geni Hawkins, Somehow, the term nazi has gotten tacked onto the end of the word [feminist], and the prevailing opinion seems to have become that the word connotes a shrill, man-hating, bra-burning (I'm surprised they're not still going off about us bobbing our hair), unfulfilled female.3 One major unresolved and possibly unresolvable problem is, unsurprisingly, just how to proceed in such a splintered and alienating movement, and one that has been given such a bad reputation. Like so many other cultural stereotypes, such as the shad

Domestic Violence

For an excellent contribution on the implications of recent developments in welfare in the United States, particularly regarding issues of domestic violence in relation to welfare, see BATTERED WOMEN, CHILDREN AND WELFARE REFORM: THE ...

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence - domestic hooliganism it has been called - is one of the cancers of our age. This volume offers a challenging selection of materials as a picture of a multi-faceted problem. The issues embraced range from criminal and civil law responses and the value of mediation, to the impact on children, and to the cultural context. The materials are derived from a variety of sources and from different disciplines to offer the reader an understanding of the problem not easily culled from standard library resources.

Broad Policy Goals of Welfare Reform

... pause to those who believe that welfare should be reformed by cutting these benefits that serve as a lifeline for abused women and children . In Washington , the only state to collect this information , 60 percent of women on public ...

Broad Policy Goals of Welfare Reform


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... these benefits that serve as a lifeline for abused women and children . In Washington , the only state to collect this information , 60 percent of women on public assistance reported sexual and physical abuse as adults , usually by ...

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Gender and Rights

See MLMI ABRAMOVTIZ, REGULATING THE LIVES OF WOMEN: SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT ... See, e.g., Ruth A. Brandwein, Family Violence, Women and Welfare, in BATTERED WOMEN, CHILDREN AND WELFARE REFORM: THE TIES ...

Gender and Rights

Gender and Rights presents twenty five essays by leading international scholars and advocates the relationship between rights and gender inequality. The essays are organized into six categories: rights, sources of harm and well-being, work, family, violence and political process and participation. Particular attention is paid throughout to the relationship between cultural practices and legal rights. The volume also highlights the conceptual and the political development of rights claims and rights regimes for women and sexual minorities. The essays therefore focus not only on the theoretical justifications for rights but also on the contextual complexities of their enactment, implementation, enforcement and consequences.

Backs Against the Wall

Battered Women's Resistance Strategies Kathy A McCloskey, Marilyn H. Sitaker. against their batterers. ... In R. A.Brandwein (Ed.), Battered women, children and welfare reform: The ties that bind (pp. 45–57).

Backs Against the Wall

Backs Against the Wall: Battered Women’s Resistance Strategies tackles several controversial aspects involved with intimate partner violence (IPV)—namely the approaches many victims use when resisting their oppressors. This sensitive and sensible feminist perspective concerning battered women's use of different resistance strategies, and the reasons why they use them, also focuses on ways to support victims through intervention and prevention strategies. Leading experts provide current research, revealing viewpoints, and convincing assertions about the victims of IPV. This book powerfully refutes the sweeping assertions made by today’s antifeminist-based mindset that women are as violent as men in cases of IPV perpetration. This insightful source provides strong evidence of the different resistance strategies that battered women use in response to multiple oppressions, including IPV, in the case against the gender parity argument—that may very well be politically motivated. The text provides extensive references and several figures and tables to clearly present data. This book is a valuable resource for activists, educators, students, health providers, justice system workers, advocates, and researchers. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.

Safety Planning with Battered Women

... VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN edited by R. Emerson Dobash and Russell P. Dobash EMPOWERING SURVIVORS OF ABUSE : Health Care for Battered Women and Their Children edited by Jacquelyn Campbell BATTERED WOMEN , CHILDREN , AND WELFARE REFORM ...

Safety Planning with Battered Women

This book draws attention to the complexity of helping battered women and their children. The authors introduce a new model of women-defined advocacy that emphasizes several topics, including understanding a battered woman's perspective.

Welfare Transformed

Linda Gordon's praise of Ruth Brandwein, ed., Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform (Sage, 1998), found on its publisher's website: http://www.sagepub .com/book.aspx?pid1⁄44135. 26. Quoted in Robert Cherry, ''Rational Choice and ...

Welfare Transformed

In the ten years after President Clinton made good on his promise to "end welfare as we know it" by signing the reform act of 1996, the number of families on welfare dropped by over three million. This hotly contested legislation has fueled countless hyperbolic arguments from both sides of the political spectrum rather than a clearheaded examination of the actual results of the reform. Robert Cherry steps into the fray with a story that differs sharply from both conservative and liberal critiques. He portrays the women who left welfare as success stories rather than victims, and stresses the many positive lessons of the policy initiatives that accompanied the reform without downplaying the problems it created. The result is an eye-opening look at the ground-level repercussions of welfare policy changes, developments that have been overshadowed by partisan politics for too long. Anchored by solid economic research and policy background, Welfare Transformed comes alive with revealing interviews of key members of the Clinton Administration, directors and staff at welfare-to-work programs and community colleges, and - most importantly - welfare leavers themselves. Cherry carefully explains the factors (racial, social, economic, generational) that spurred and shaped the reform, and moves past partisan rhetoric in his review of its effects. Instead, he pays attention to concrete data and real people's experiences that combine to provide a full account of the legislation's aftermath. Armed with this new view, Cherry offers a range of strong suggestions for transforming successful welfare policies into universal family policies, from strengthening federal economic supports for working families to improving our community colleges. A refreshing take on a lightning-rod subject, this book is certain to foment heated discussions among all who read it.

Under Siege

Family violence , women , and welfare . In R.A. Brandwein ( Ed . ) , Battered women , children , and welfare reform : The ties that bind ( pp . 3-16 ) . Thousand Oaks , CA : Sage . Brandwein , R.A. ( 1999b ) . Family violence and social ...

Under Siege

This book describes the relationship between poverty, social marginalization and crime in six public housing communities in "West Town" (in Ottawa, Ontario). Due to high levels of poverty, joblessness, low collective efficacy, and other social problems, the communities were for the most part unhappy places and this was compounded by the amount of crime. Based on interviews and responses to the Quality of Neighborhood Life Survey (QNLS), the study showed that the residents were exposed to levels of risk -- poverty, social disadvantage, disorder and fear -- greater than those in the broader society. The incidence of crime was also high, with 55% of respondents being victimized by predatory crime, wide-spread public racial and sexual harassment, and a disproportionate number of females experiencing intimate partner and stranger violence in public settings. The last chapter focuses on possible government responses, including economic approaches (higher minimum wages, reducing unemployment), and social interventions (provision of day care, refurbishing of public housing, improved public transportation, and education).

Anthropologica

Brandwein, R. 1999 Battered Women, Children and Welfare Reform- The Ties That Bind, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Burnham, L. 2001 Welfare Reform, Family Hardship and Women of Color, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social ...

Anthropologica


Gender Violence and Human Security

In Violence against Women in Families and Relationships, edited by Evan Stark and Eve S. Buzawa. Vol. ... In Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform: The Ties ThatBind, edited by Ruth A. Brandwein, 17–30. Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Gender  Violence  and Human Security

The nature of human security is changing globally: interstate conflict and even intrastate conflict may be diminishing worldwide, yet threats to individuals and communities persist. Large-scale violence by formal and informal armed forces intersects with interpersonal and domestic forms of violence in mutually reinforcing ways. Gender, Violence, and Human Security takes a critical look at notions of human security and violence through a feminist lens, drawing on both theoretical perspectives and empirical examinations through case studies from a variety of contexts around the globe. This fascinating volume goes beyond existing feminist international relations engagements with security studies to identify not only limitations of the human security approach, but also possible synergies between feminist and human security approaches. Noted scholars Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig, along with their distinguished group of contributors, analyze specific case studies from around the globe, ranging from post-conflict security in Croatia to the relationship between state policy and gender-based crime in the United States. Shifting the focus of the term “human security” from its defensive emphasis to a more proactive notion of peace, the book ultimately calls for addressing the structural issues that give rise to violence. A hard-hitting critique of the ways in which global inequalities are often overlooked by human security theorists, Gender, Violence, and Human Security presents a much-needed intervention into the study of power relations throughout the world.

Understanding and Responding to Economic Abuse

London: Routledge. Brandwein, R. A. (1999). Battered women, children and welfare reform. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Brandwein, R. A., & Filiano, D. M. (2000). Toward real welfare reform: The voices of battered women.

Understanding and Responding to Economic Abuse

Despite being recognised by victim-survivors as a tactic used by abusers, economic abuse has received little attention in research, policy, or practice. This powerful book provides a crucial validation of the lived experience of victim-survivors, and highlights the urgent need to develop effective responses to economic abuse.