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35 Clearinghouse Rev. 1 (2001-2002)

handle is hein.journals/clear35 and id is 1 raw text is: What's Up ................. Inside Front Cover
TANF and Domestic Violence: Elements of an
Effective Welfare Department Intervention .......... 3
By Ariella Hyman and Minouche Kandel
Research shows that significant proportions of welfare recipients are
survivors of domestic violence. The authors' own experience in
California suggests ten steps that welfare departments should take in
implementing effective policies to assist domestic violence survivors
applying for or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Advocates need also consider domestic violence policies in the con-
text of the coming TANF reauthorization.
The Shadow Epidemic: Hepatitis C and the Law . . . . 21
By Linda S. Good
The hepatitis C virus infects approximately four million Americans. It
PAGE 41    has no sure cure and no vaccine, and the few available treatments
are lengthy, costly, and often debilitating. The disease can have an
impact on many legal issues-such as access to proper care and
treatment, disability claims, employment discrimination, insurance
benefit denials, and veterans' benefits-for low-income patients.
Legal services advocates thus need to learn about the disease, its
symptoms, and the debilitating effects of treatment.
There Oughtta Be a Law: A Survey of
Legislative Responses to Elder Abuse ............. 41
By Gail Chirnoff Conway
Because of the vulnerabilities associated with growing older, seniors
often fall victim to physical, emotional, and financial abuse. Many
states are trying to address this problem through new laws that
focus on the specific forms elder abuse takes and that tailor reme-
dies to the needs of older people. A review of these new laws
reveals a wide variety in the approaches the states take. Although an
appraisal of the relative efficacy of the various laws is too early, a
PAGE 59    survey of these statutory efforts offers a measure of steps taken so
far and ideas for further development.
Family Violence and Military Policies and Procedures.. 51
By Vicky 0. Kimbrell
Confronting family violence in a military context can present unique
problems to legal services attorneys. Internal military policy and pro-
cedure can appear to impede the prosecution of abuse unless the
lawyer is familiar with Department of Defense directives. For the
adequate representation of the spouse or family member of military
personnel in domestic violence situations, legal services attorneys
must be knowledgeable about those directives of the armed forces.


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