New Studies: Violence Locks Women Into Poverty

As activists hold up a symbolic social safety net behind her, welfare rights activist Michelle Tingling-Clemmons calls on Congress to stop trying to cut the limited protections it provides for women and children in poverty.

Violence against women is a important factor that keeps women locked in poverty, according to a recent NOW Legal Defense and Education review of government and academic studies. And maintaining the social safety net is an important element of ending violence and helping families move out of poverty, NOW LDEF attorneys Pamela Coukos and Martha Davis note.

"Study after study shows that battered women stay with their batterers because they lack the resources to support themselves and their children," said Coukos. "Rigid federal mandates and funding cutbacks in many program may have tragic consequences for vulnerable women and their families, who must choose between personal safety and economic support."

Among some of the startling findings in the January 1996 NOW LDEF report:

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