Implementation of the Family Violence Option 20 Years Later: A Review of State Welfare Rules for Domestic Violence Survivors

Stephanie Holcomb, Laura Johnson, Andrea Hetling, Judy L. Postmus, Jordan Steiner, Larry Braasch, Annette Riordan

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Abstract

The Family Violence Option (FVO) was included in the 1996 welfare reform legislation to ensure that domestic violence survivors are not subject to unfair penalties resulting from compliance with the new requirements. This study presents a comprehensive review of the states’ different approaches to address domestic violence. Our findings identified variation in implementation and practice, from the decision to adopt the FVO to the process of granting waivers. Although not contradictory to the federal legislation, the variation is indicative of the limited research on best practices and lack of national discussions on how state FVO processes relate to one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-431
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Policy Practice
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • family violence option
  • temporary assistance for needy families; intimate partner violence
  • welfare reform

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