From the press release on this report:
Washington, D.C. Bureaucratic black holes, indifferent or hostile staff members, inadequate benefits, and shortsighted procedures and policies are preventing many family violence victims from getting the resources they need to escape abuse. According to an unprecedented new national survey of service providers, problems like these plague the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, effectively stopping victims of abuse from accessing help when they need it most.This report is a must read for everyone who has ever asked, "Why don't they leave?" or who is ever asked this question. Failures in systems meant to help victims of violence can be more than frustrating, they can result in people dying.