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An obvious example of this concerns abuse in low vs. high incomefamilies. While on the surface, it may appear that low levels ofincome go hand-in-hand with higher levels of domestic violence, onemust keep in mind that available income has significant weight on theoptions available to victims. While a low-income mother with threesmall infants might appear on statistical reports when getting arestraining order, when entering a domestic violence shelter, or whenapplying for TANF services due to family violence, the white collarmother with two in college might flee to a hotel for a few weeks,file for divorce, and move back to the city where the bulk of herfamily resides. In these scenarios, the low-income victim shows upall over the place in various statistical reports (from the court,from the shelter, and from the social services agency) while thewhite collar victim only shows up on a hotel register, on a civilcourt docket for divorce, and in the records of the local movingbusiness. In other words, violence against her and/or her children,while every bit as dangerous and abusive, simply doesn't exist - onanyone's offical paper.

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