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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Clients Experiencing Domestic Violence

Principal Investigator:
Laura Lein, Ph.D.

Duration: 12/1/99 - 11/30/00

In a prior related study conducted in 1997-1998, Center for Social Work Research staff located and interviewed women who TDHS special services staff had assisted in situations that included domestic violence. Their findings suggested an important new question for continued research: How does domestic violence relate to other problems that hinder TANF recipients' transitions from welfare to work?

Many women dealing with domestic violence do not seek services at the time they become eligible for welfare. Therefore, it is important to study the experiences and resulting needs of women who are sanctioned because of their inability to attend work, training, or scheduled meetings with their caseworkers. This new research also includes work with women who left welfare only to return.

Methodologically, the study combines qualitative and quantitative techniques to study the experiences of two types of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients from the three Austin area welfare offices: TANF recipients who have been sanctioned, and those who have been recertified after a period of 2 or more months off TANF. Researchers have conducted open-ended interviews with 33 women, and plan to contact each of them again to do a follow-up interview, in order to gain a longer-term view of their situations and complexity of their problems.

Sponsor:
Texas Department of Human Services