New Law Enhances CalWORKs Benefits for Abuse Survivors

September 29, 2014

mother and childOn September 26, 2014 Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1579, known as the Healthy Babies Act.

This law will help facilitate financial independence for pregnant women, especially survivors of domestic violence.

The Act allows pregnant women to obtain CalWORKs benefits as early as the second trimester of pregnancy. CalWORKs provides income and employment opportunities which help keep pregnant women financially independent. CalWORKs is a lifeline to safety for abuse survivors. According to the California Institute of Mental Health, eighteen percent of CalWORKs applicants apply for CalWORKs to escape abuse. Allowing pregnant women access to this resource earlier in their pregnancies will help low-income survivors of violence and their children remain independent, healthy and safe.

If you are a victim of domestic violence needing assistance connecting with social services, call our hotline (408-975-2739) for help.

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