Partner stalking and implications for women's employment

J Interpers Violence. 2007 Mar;22(3):268-91. doi: 10.1177/0886260506295380.


In general research suggests partner violence has a negative impact on women's employment. However, there has been limited examination of partner stalking and consequences for employment. The purpose of this study was to examine partner stalking and employment consequences among two samples of women. One sample was women who had obtained a protective order against a violent partner and had worked in the prior year (n = 482), about one half of these women were stalked by their violent partner and one half were not. The second study examined qualitative information from women recently stalked (n = 62) by a violent partner. Results from both studies suggest that women who were stalked by a violent partner were significantly more susceptible to on-the-job harassment and problems. Also, women reported that stalking by a partner interfered in their work through on-the-job harassment, work disruption, and job performance problems. Implications for policy and research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism*
  • Adult
  • Battered Women / psychology
  • Battered Women / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Middle Aged
  • Narration
  • Sexual Harassment / statistics & numerical data
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Women's Health*
  • Women, Working / psychology
  • Women, Working / statistics & numerical data*
  • Workplace