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

TitlePatterns of Cumulative Abuse Among Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Links to Women's Health and Socioeconomic Status
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDavies, L, Ford-Gilboe, M, Willson, A, Varcoe, C, Wuest, J, Campbell, J, Scott-Storey, K
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume21
Pagination30-48
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number1077-8012
Accession Number25576314
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.