Sex Roles (2012) 67:588–590 DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0180-0 BOOK REVIEW Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy. By Lisa D. Brush. New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2011. 197 pp. $35.00 (hardback). ISBN: 978-0195398502 Kristin L. Anderson Published online: 23 June 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012 In this book, Lisa Brush grapples with the complicated obtain and maintain waged-work by eroding women’s phys- relationships between battering, waged work, and the social ical and psychological health and through abusers’ direct policies that resulted from former President Bill Clinton’s efforts to sabotage women’s jobs. Although PRA legislation campaign pledge to “end welfare as we know it” in 1992. allows states to adopt the Family Violence Option (FVO) that Brush’s central goal is to challenge “the conventional wis- can stop the clock on the lifetime limit on welfare for victims dom” that waged work is the solution to both poverty and of abuse for up to 1 year, Brush’s datarevealthatonly30out battering (p. 23). The argument that women can escape of 7,000 (.04 %) families receiving welfare assistance in poverty and abuse through waged work, Brush contends, Allegheny County were classified as “domestic violence- ignores the realities that battered women work just
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