Predicting the timing of women's departure from abusive relationships

Subadra Panchanadeswaran, Laura A. McCloskey

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-65
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Advocacy
  • Battered women's shelters
  • Domestic violence
  • Intervention
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Shelters
  • Spouse abuse
  • Violence against women
  • Wife abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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