YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Two victims of domestic violence now living in hiding are planning to file an injunction later this week to prevent their government-sponsored cash handouts from going to their husbands, their lawyers said Monday.

In their claim, to be filed at the Yokohama District Court, the women are challenging the fairness of sending cash handouts solely to the nominal head of a household, in this case their husbands.

As the registered head of the household, the money is supposed to go to the husbands in accordance with central government policy, said lawyer Etsuko Saga, who is representing both women in the filing.

An official at the internal affairs ministry said a legal case involving cash handouts is unprecedented.

One of the women, from Yokohama, separated six months ago from her husband after he punched her and broke her teeth, according to Saga. In custody of her two children, the woman’s portion of the cash handout amounts to ¥52,000, she added.

The other woman, from Kawasaki, separated from her husband after being beaten while pregnant. Together with her baby, she is entitled to ¥32,000.

Because the cash handouts go to the head of household listed in the citizen resident registry as of Feb. 1, anyone who registers a new residency to receive a handout risks being located.

In documents seeking provisional dispositions, the women will argue that it is unjust that they and their children cannot receive the money simply for failing to update their residency information with the local governments out of fear that their husbands may learn where they live, according to Saga.

The internal affairs ministry said it is using the citizen resident registry to avoid paying the same person twice and to handle more than 50 million applications quickly.

The cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki both claim they can only follow the regulations set by the government. Under the cash handout plan approved by the Diet in early March, each eligible individual will receive ¥12,000. Those 18 or younger and 65 or older get an additional ¥8,000.

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