The Wellstone/Murray Family Violence provisions

of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996

(Public Law 104-193, section 402(a)(7))


(7) OPTIONAL CERTIFICATION OF STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT THE STATE WILL SCREEN FOR AND IDENTIFY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-

`(A) IN GENERAL- At the option of the State, a certification by the chief executive officer of the State that the State has established and is enforcing standards and procedures to--

`(i) screen and identify individuals receiving assistance under this part with a history of domestic violence while maintaining the confidentiality of such individuals;

`(ii) refer such individuals to counseling and supportive services; and

`(iii) waive, pursuant to a determination of good cause, other program requirements such as time limits (for so long as necessary) for individuals receiving assistance, residency requirements, child support cooperation requirements, and family cap provisions, in cases where compliance with such requirements would make it more difficult for individuals receiving assistance under this part to escape domestic violence or unfairly penalize such individuals who are or have been victimized by such violence, or individuals who are at risk of further domestic violence.

`(B) DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFINED- For purposes of this paragraph, the term `domestic violence' has the same meaning as the term `battered or subjected to extreme cruelty', as defined in section 408(a)(7)(C)(iii).