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  NCJ Number: NCJ 188507   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Secondary Data Analysis on the Etiology, Course and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence Against Extremely Poor Women
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Ellen Bassuk M.D. ; Ree Dawson Ph.D. ; Nicholas Huntington M.A. ; Amy Salomon Ph.D. ; Shari S. Bassuk Ph.D. ; Angela Browne Ph.D.
  Corporate Author: BOTEC Analysis Corporation
United States of America

The Better Homes Fund
United States of America
  Date Published: 2001
  Page Count: 137
  Annotation: This report presents secondary data analysis on the etiology, course, and consequences of intimate partner violence against extremely poor women.
  Abstract: The study attempts to increase understanding of childhood antecedents to adult partner violence, the impact of partner violence on the use of addictive substances, and the capacity to maintain work among impoverished single mothers. It analyzes a comprehensive, longitudinal data set that includes in-depth information on homeless and poor housed single female parents, most on public welfare. Poor women who experienced childhood sexual abuse were significantly more likely to experience intimate partner violence as adults. Other childhood factors associated with increased risk of adult partner violence include: parental fighting, having a mother who was a victim of abuse/battering, being placed in foster care, having a primary male caretaker with substance abuse problems, and having a primary female caretaker with mental health problems. Intimate partner violence was predictive of subsequent drug, but not alcohol, use in poor women. Women who had experienced recent intimate partner violence had less than one-third the odds of maintaining work over time, i.e., for at least 30 hours per week for 6 months or more. Findings suggest the importance of non-professional supports, such as family, friends, and neighbors, in protecting women from involvement with abusive partners. They also demonstrate the importance of job training placement services to women's capacity to maintain work over time, and the importance of developing job-related supports for welfare-to-work efforts that are sensitive to women's psychosocial needs, especially as they relate to mental health and violence. References, tables, appendix
  Main Term(s): Criminology
  Index Term(s): Drug use ; Data analysis ; Victims of Crime ; Abused women ; Post-trauma stress disorder ; Homeless persons ; Victims of violence ; Adults molested as children ; NIJ final report
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 98-WT-VX-0012
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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