collaborative project helps women who receive government assistance.
The goal is to help women overcome the many obstacles they face in
getting off government assistance and getting jobs.
Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Alabama Department
of Human Resources are collaborating to provide domestic violence
assessment and services for DHR clients.
project funded by federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) money,
puts a domestic violence specialist in each county DHR office to work
with women in TANF, JOBS and Services programs, who have been
identified as experiencing domestic violence.
is to reach women who might not call our shelter programs or our
hotline, but need help dealing with the domestic violence in their
relationship," said Emily Kelly, D.H.R. Project Coordinator. "Many of
these women are seen by Department of Human Resource staff every day.
By going into county DHR offices, we hope to reach out to victims by
connecting them with services at the local shelters, and getting
through the challenges they face in getting a job."
violence victims are at high risk of needing welfare. They often
This project is
designed to address the clients' underlying problem of domestic
violence, and by doing so, assist them in safely obtaining employment
and independence from welfare.
Difficulty getting and keeping jobs.
- Physical and psychological
disabilities from abuse that interferes with independence.
- Serious safety risks from abuser
when participating in welfare-to-work programs.
clients are screened for domestic violence and referred to the domestic
violence specialist. Clients at risk for welfare dependency because of
domestic violence are also referred. More than 886 clients received
services in 2001.
Violence and Welfare connections
show a high correlation between domestic violence and women on welfare.
can create insurmountable barriers to women's ability to comply with
study of women in a welfare-to-work training program in New Jersey
showed that one in seven were being physically abused and one in four
were verbally or emotionally abused. More than half said they had been
physically abused at some time in their lives.
- A three-year study by the Better
Homes fund found that respondents who cycled on and off welfare were
likely to have been abused, and that domestic violence plays a
"significant role in women's ability to stay off assistance."
violence victims face abusers who may:
Sabotage her work by harassing her on the job, destroying tools or
clothing needed for work, take away her transportation, or deny help
with child care.
- Stalk her at work, intending to
assault or kill her.
- Cause physical or psychological
injuries from abuse that make it difficult or impossible to work.
clients write safety plans and work with DHR staff to revise plans to
address domestic violence and other needs. Specialists refer clients to
local shelter services as needed, and serve as advocates with services
Identify safety issues around work.
- Develop safety plans to reduce the
- Find resources to be safe at work
- Work with the local shelter to
deal with the effects of abuse.
D. H. R.
consultants work with the DHR staff on how to intervene with domestic
violence victims and provide on-site training for DHR staff on domestic
violence and its impact on welfare, children and adults.