Child Support Distribution Act, (S. 3189), is a very good bill in many respects.
Through a variety of measures, it helps increase the child support dollars actually
received by needy children and their families.
one segment within CSDA, termed Title V Fatherhood provisions, will have serious,
life-threatening consequences for survivors of family violence. These must be amended.
Title V provides $150 million to programs that promote marriage, family re-unification,
and father's visitation with their children.
against women is one of the main causes of women's poverty. Studies show that 25% of
welfare recipients are currently victims of family violence, and over 60% have
experienced abuse at some point in their life. Further, 50% of men who abuse women,
also seriously abuse their children, and abusers are twice as likely to fight for custody
as non-abusers, as a way to continue to exert control over their victims. To promote
visitation, marriage and family re-unification where family violence is a factor is seriously
misguided, and the results will be tragic.
The Child Support
Distribution Act, including Title V, has already been overwhelmingly approved by the House of
Representatives. We must urge our Senators not to allow passage of Title V without revision, lest
we release the Trojan Horse on our nation's most vulnerable families.