How employment helps female victims of intimate partner violence: a qualitative study

J Occup Health Psychol. 2007 Apr;12(2):136-43. doi: 10.1037/1076-8998.12.2.136.


This exploratory, qualitative study documents ways in which being employed is helpful to victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). The authors conducted in-depth interviews with 21 women employed by a large health care organization in a major U.S. city. Through content analysis, the authors identified six ways in which employment was helpful to participants: by (1) improving their finances, (2) promoting physical safety, (3) increasing self-esteem, (4) improving social connectedness, (5) providing mental respite, and (6) providing motivation or a "purpose in life." Findings suggest that employment can play a critically important, positive role in the lives of IPV victims. The importance of flexible leave-time policies and employer assistance to IPV victims is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Battered Women / psychology*
  • Employment / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Personal Autonomy*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Concept*
  • Spouse Abuse*
  • United States