Domestic Violence In Context

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.

Video from House of Ruth Maryland Features Fathers Speaking to End Domestic Violence

A short video titled “Nobody Ever Earned It,” from the House of Ruth Maryland and the Maryland Department of Human Resources, highlights that “Fathers have a uniquely powerful role in ending violence against women.” The video features five fathers who were charged with domestic violence—and who in some cases also witnessed domestic violence and experienced […]

Fatherhood Programs and Domestic Violence

Since early in its history, CFFPP has held meetings with domestic violence advocates, batterer program representatives, and fatherhood program representatives about how to address the issue of domestic violence on a programmatic level. This report represents some of the discussion from two such meetings, which were held in May 2001 and July 2002 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Fatherhood Movement and Domestic Violence

During the 1990s, and particularly since the inception of the federal government’s Fatherhood Initiative in 1995, much national attention has been devoted to the subject of fatherhood in the United States. While the expansion of efforts to support father involvement is often met with broad public and political support, several concerns have been raised over the direction and potential impact of these initiatives. These issues are of particular concern in situations involving domestic violence. Some have argued that the prevalence of domestic violence has been exaggerated and that the proportion of people affected is very small compared to those who will be affected by legislative and policy changes overall. But recent research indicates the opposite, in particular for women who are receiving public assistance and whose own and whose children’s livelihoods are directly affected by legislative and policy changes.

May 2017 Policy Briefing


• Two Lawsuits Aim to End Practice of Arresting Victims of Domestic Violence
• HHS and States Pushing for Medicaid Work Requirements
• Number of States Imposing New Restrictions on Public Benefits Continues to Grow
• Unprecedented Decline in Home Ownership Among Black Families
• Low-Income Families Increasingly Vulnerable to Utility Shut-Off
• State Policy and Practice News

Enhancing Safety: A Guide to Identifying Services

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.

Enhancing Safety for Women

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.

Safety and Services: Women of color speak about their communities

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.

Policy Briefing September 2005

Highlights from this issue:
– GAO Investigates Domestic Violence Screening in TANF and TANF-Funded Programs
– Wisconsin Waiver Allowing Child Support Pass-Through Set to Expire
– TANF and Medicaid Legislation Aimed at Katrina Relief