Child Care: An Essential Service and Domestic Violence Issues
Child care is one of the biggest costs for families. Affordable and quality child care is an essential service that helps families keep their kids safe, and allows parents to pursue education and employment opportunities.
Child care can also be an essential service for survivors of violence. This brief details the importance of domestic violence survivors having access to affordable, reliable, and flexible child care. Research shows that the inability to access affordable, reliable, and flexible child care can keep survivors out of the workforce, force them to remain with abusive partners for financial stability, and endanger the health, safety, and wellbeing of their children. This brief outlines why it is critical that survivors have access to child care that fits their unique needs.