Effects of intimate partner violence on low-income women's health and employment

Am J Community Psychol. 2005 Sep;36(1-2):133-45. doi: 10.1007/s10464-005-6238-1.


Rates of both intimate partner violence and poor health are high among low-income women. This paper examines relationships among abuse, health, and employment stability using data from a 3-year study of over 1000 female welfare recipients in Illinois. Results demonstrate the importance of accounting for both recency and chronicity of intimate partner violence and understanding the mediational role of health in the relationship between intimate partner violence and employment. Chronic intimate partner violence is associated with poor health, whereas recent intimate partner violence is associated with unstable employment. Mediations analyses suggest that health does not mediate the effects of abuse on employment stability over a 3-year period.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Poverty / psychology*
  • Social Support
  • Social Welfare
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Violence / psychology*