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Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy$
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Lisa D. Brush

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398502.001.0001

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Calculating the Costs of Taking a Beating

Calculating the Costs of Taking a Beating

(p.63) 4 Calculating the Costs of Taking a Beating
Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy

Lisa D. Brush

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins with the story of Reena, her experiences with work and welfare, and her ex-husband’s the efforts to disrupt her employment. The chapter then catalogues the different ways of calculating the costs of battering. In the final section of the chapter, the chapter uses administrative data about earnings, protective orders, and welfare to tackle a series of questions to which researchers, advocates, and policymakers urgently need empirical answers: Which comes first, petitioning for a protective order or going on welfare? How do welfare recipients who file for protective orders differ from other welfare recipients? Did changes associated with welfare rescission have the same effect on the earnings of welfare recipients who did and welfare recipients who did not petition for protective orders? The answers help feminists understand the appeal and flaws of the conventional wisdom about the central of work as the solution to women’s vulnerability to poverty and abuse.

Keywords:   work, cost analysis, protective order, welfare rescission

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