Patterns of Cumulative Abuse Among Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Links to Women’s Health and Socioeconomic Status

Lorraine Davies, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Andrea Willson, Colleen Varcoe, Judith Wuest, Jacquelyn Campbell, Kelly Scott-Storey

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Abstract

Drawing on the Women’s Health Effects Study, a community sample of women (N = 309) who recently left an abusive partner, this study examines patterns of cumulative abuse experiences over the life course, their socioeconomic correlates, and associations with a range of health outcomes. Latent class analysis identified four groups of women with differing cumulative abuse profiles: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Dominant, Child Abuse and IPV, All Forms, and All Forms Extreme. We find a relationship pattern between cumulative abuse and socioeconomic circumstances, and significantly worse health outcomes among women with the All Forms Extreme profile. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-48
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 17 2015

Keywords

  • cumulative abuse
  • economic circumstances
  • health
  • intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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