Title

Perceived Risk for Future Intimate Partner Violence among Women in a Domestic Violence Shelter

Roles

Student author: Hilary G. Harding.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2009

Department

Psychology

Language

English

Publication Title

Journal of Family Violence

Abstract

Research investigating women’s risk assessments for intimate partner violence (IPV) shows that women can predict future violence with relative accuracy. Limited research has investigated factors that are associated with perceived risk and the potential behavioral consequences of victim risk perception. Results from a survey of women in a domestic violence shelter (N = 56) indicated that women perceive lower risk of future violence if the abusive relationship were to end and higher risk of violence if it were to continue. Certain abuse experiences were related to elevated perceptions of personal risk for future violence. Further, perceived personal risk predicted the women’s intention to terminate their relationship upon leaving shelter. Results are discussed as they may inform interventions preventing IPV.

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DOI

10.1007/s10896-008-9211-6

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