Feminism, status inconsistency, and women's intimate partner victimization in heterosexual relationships

Violence Against Women. 2014 Jul;20(7):825-45. doi: 10.1177/1077801214543385. Epub 2014 Jul 16.


This study used a random community sample of 303 women in romantic relationships to investigate the role of educational and employment status inconsistency and patriarchal family ideology as risk factors for intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization, while considering demographic factors and relationship context variables. Sequential multivariate logistic regression models demonstrated a decrease in the odds of IPV victimization for Hispanic women and women who were older as compared with their counterparts. In addition, increased relationship distress, family-of-origin violence, and employment status inconsistency significantly increased the odds of IPV. Clinical intervention strategies and future research directions are discussed.

Keywords: Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2); feminism; intimate partner violence; patriarchy; status inconsistency; women’s victimization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Heterosexuality*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Intimate Partner Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Determinants of Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Texas
  • Women's Rights*