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NCJ Number: 229763 Find in a Library
Title: Predicting the Timing of Women's Departure From Abusive Relationships
Journal: Journal of Interpersona Violence  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:January 2007  Pages:50-65
Author(s): Subadra Panchanadeswaran; Laura A. McCloskey
Date Published: January 2007
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Grant Number: 90CA.1409;MH51428
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study sought to identify those contextual forces that affect the timing of women's decisions to leave violent relationships.
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate forces that affect the timing of women's exit from violent relationships with men. Abused women were recruited from posters in the community and battered women's shelters, interviewed, and followed up for 10 years. Data for this study are based on 100 women and were analyzed using event history analysis. Age, ethnicity, and alcohol consumption levels of both partners predicted the timing of women's termination of abusive relationships. An interaction effect showed that women who scored above the mean on an index of physical aggression and who never used shelter services had the longest trajectories of violence exposure; severely abused women without shelter use were more likely to stay. Our findings indicate that women who receive shelter services endure shorter periods of violence than women who do not access such services. Further outreach, especially to women experiencing high rates of physical aggression, is recommended. Figures, tables, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Battered woman syndrome; Dating Violence; Decisionmaking; Female victims; Psychological victimization effects; Shelters for Battered Women
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