African American and Latina women who live in poverty – including domestic violence victims and survivors – have identified that sometimes connecting the men in their lives to social welfare services can help ease women’s burden. This new guide is a hands-on tool to help advocates find and learn about local programs that provide social support services to very low-income men. Along with the previously released paper, Enhancing Safety for Women, the Guide to Identifying Services can help agencies figure out whether connecting with a local program that provides social services to men could respond to currently unmet need among women who are victims/survivors of domestic violence.
Focusing on low-income African American communities, Enhancing Safety considers women’s experiences of domestic violence within the broader context of their lives. It discusses economic needs that are shared by both women and men; provides information on social welfare services for men (often called “responsible fatherhood programs”); and demonstrates that community-based programs that address the needs of low-income men of color can respond to an unmet need for some domestic violence victims.
Domestic Violence In Context is a short paper that considers how race and poverty affect the service needs of domestic violence victims and survivors. It focuses on the experiences of low-income African American women and concludes that having an openness to understanding and responding to differences in cultural context provides a solid foundation for victim-centered advocacy.
Safety and Services is based on a series of listening sessions with women who shared their experiences and knowledge of domestic violence, economic support services, and community. The paper explores cultural differences, community influences, a role for churches, and the value of a broad range of economic and social support services for increasing the safety and well-being of low-income women of color.
Submitted September 22, 2011, to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. CFFPP calls for TANF reauthorization to take into account the state of the economy and focus on education and training, job creation, and poverty reduction.
This short paper examines the economic well-being of African American men, including access to jobs and income supports, and argues for a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of low-income black men and their communities.