Helping women understand their risk in situations of intimate partner violence

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Only approximately one-half of the 456 women who were killed or almost killed by a husband, boyfriend, or ex-husband or ex-boyfriend in a recent national study of homicide of women accurately perceived their risk of being killed by their abusive partner. Women are unlikely to overestimate their risk: however, many will underestimate the severity of the situation. From the same study, it was found that relatively few of the victims of actual or attempted intimate partner femicide were seen by domestic violence advocates during the year before they were killed; they were far more likely to be seen in the health care system. Implications are drawn as to innovative ways that women who are abused can be identified and with skilled assessment of the danger in their relationship helped make more informed plans for their safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1464-1477
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004



  • Domestic violence
  • Femicide
  • Intimate partner homicide
  • Risk assessment
  • Safety planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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