Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Women: Factors That Predict Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Yvonne Amanor-Boadu, Jill Theresa Messing, Sandra M. Stith, Jared R. Anderson, Chris S. O'Sullivan, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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This research used logistic regression to test components of Choice and Lamke's (1997) two-part decision-making model and Hamby's (2008) holistic risk assessment as predictors of the decision to separate from an abusive partner, comparing significant predictors for immigrant (n = 497) and nonimmigrant (n = 808) women. Findings demonstrated that immigrant women reported higher levels of perceived risks/barriers to leaving, provided some support for the use of a holistic risk assessment in understanding women's decisions to leave, and demonstrated that immigrant and nonimmigrant women have both similarities and differences in the factors that predict leaving. Clinical and policy implications are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-633
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012


  • immigration
  • intimate partner violence
  • stay/leave decision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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