Homicide Risk Factors Among Pregnant Women Abused by Their Partners: Who Leaves the Perpetrator and Who Stays?

Michele R. Decker, Sandra L. Martin, Kathryn E. Moracco

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Abstract

Risk of homicide, measured with the Danger Assessment Instrument, was examined for two time periods (pregnancy and the year before pregnancy) among 53 abused women seeking prenatal care. Twenty-three women left their relationships after becoming pregnant; these women were at higher risk for homicide prior to pregnancy than the women who remained with their abusers. Women who stayed with their abusers experienced a lower mean number of homicide risk factors during pregnancy compared with the previous year. Pregnancy may be a somewhat protective time for some women in abusive relationships and may help to motivate those at greatest risk for homicide to leave these dangerous situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-513
Number of pages16
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Homicide risk
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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