Battered women's decision to leave or return to abusive relationships




Wardell, Diane Wind

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A nonexperimental, descriptive, retrospective study was conducted using the records of 330 residents housed in a shelter for battered women during the year of 1984. Data were analyzed using descriptive and multivariate statistical techniques. The average participants were women who were: an average of 28 years old, married for one to five years with two children who had been abused, Anglo, economically dependent, physically and verbally abused, and abused during a pregnancy. Discriminant analysis results suggested that those women who reported being physically, verbally, and sexually abused were more likely to have experienced: sexual abuse as a child and during pregnancy, more severe forms of verbal abuse, more frequent batterings, jealousy as an issue in the relationship, and a high school education or less. Discriminant analysis results suggested that women who report they would leave the battering relationship were more likely: to be dependent on self for income, to have child abuse present, to be Non-anglo, to stay in the shelter longer, to have no identified alcohol problems in the batterer, and to have had no negative experience with the police.



Families and family life, Personal relationships, Sociology, Criminology, Women's studies