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One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Eighty-Five percent of domestic violence victims are women. The cost of domestic violence exceeds 5.8 billions dollars, 4.1 of which is a direct result of medical expenses and mental health support. Victims of domestic violence have lost 8 million days of paid work due to the violence against them. This equates to 32, 000 full-time jobs and 5.6 million days of lost household productivity. In the meantime the household must still operate. While society has done a great job in determining the cause of domestic violence. TLW is more interested in the effects.

According to the United State Department of Health and Human Services there are approximately 12.8 million recipients of welfare. 19 percent need assistance for less than six months. Of the 1.8 million people on welfare. Women were also more likely than men to be on welfare. Between ages 16 to 24. 23.3 percent of women received welfare. Overall women of all races account for 55 percent of welfare recipients. What these statistics do not reflect are the root causes. What leads women to social assistance? While all women are not victims of domestic violence, it is still our responsibility to help break the mental acceptance of poverty and government dependence.

Through various initiatives, TLW intends to address this issue. To understand poverty in America, it is important to look behind these numbers to look at the actual living conditions of the individuals the government deems to be poor. For word “poverty” suggests destitution; an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, an reasonable shelter. Poverty has to be addressed both physically and mentally. It is not enough to write checks, this enables the recipient. They need to skills and tools required to pull themselves out of their current situation.

Our programs will re-engage women in the employment sector, help them broaden their horizons through peer counseling and most importantly become self-sufficient. This newly engaged workforce will be a contributing member of society that will continue to bolster the local economy and alleviate the strain on government programs.