YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Three more women abused by their husbands in Kanagawa Prefecture filed an injunction Monday with the Yokohama District Court to block their government-sponsored cash handouts from going to their husbands, their lawyers said.

Last week two other Kanagawa wives living with their children apart from their allegedly abusive spouses filed for a court injunction.

According to their lawyers, the three women were habitually subjected to violence from their husbands — including being beaten while pregnant and strangled to the point of unconsciousness — and fled with their children and now live separately while concealing their new addresses.

Fearing being located by their husbands, the wives have not changed their resident registries and therefore are still part of their husbands’ households on official records.

Because cash handouts go to the nominal heads of households, the wives cannot receive the handouts unless they confront their husbands.

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