How employment helps female victims of intimate partner violence: A qualitative study

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.07). 05/2007; 12(2):136-43. DOI: 10.1037/1076-8998.12.2.136
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ABSTRACT This exploratory, qualitative study documents ways in which being employed is helpful to victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). The authors conducted in-depth interviews with 21 women employed by a large health care organization in a major U.S. city. Through content analysis, the authors identified six ways in which employment was helpful to participants: by (1) improving their finances, (2) promoting physical safety, (3) increasing self-esteem, (4) improving social connectedness, (5) providing mental respite, and (6) providing motivation or a "purpose in life." Findings suggest that employment can play a critically important, positive role in the lives of IPV victims. The importance of flexible leave-time policies and employer assistance to IPV victims is discussed.

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    • "The cultural environment of a workplace can be instrumental in the prevention, early identification, and intervention in cases of IPV among workers. Previous research has found that the workplace can be a source of support for victims of abuse (Miller, 2003; Rothman et al., 2007). Human Resources, Employee Health, and Employee Assistance Programs could provide interventions, and hospital social workers could be employed to assist both patients and workers. "
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    • "Fax: +47 55586130. (Rothman et al., 2007; Swanberg et al., 2007; Tolman and Wang, 2005). The best predictor for whether women would leave their abusive partner was found to be women's income in USA (Anderson and Saunders, 2003). "
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    ABSTRACT: We wanted to study the relationship between being unemployed or not, health related quality of life (HRQOL), and intimate partner violence (IPV) among women who had just arrived at a women's shelter and one year later. This seems as an important issue as employment rates are quite low among abused women. In measuring HRQOL, SF-36 was used both at baseline and follow-up. Lower scores in SF-36 are reflecting poorer functioning. Physical and psychological violence at baseline were measured by Severity of Violence against Women Scale and Psychological Maltreatment of Women Index. T-tests were used in the comparing analyses among unemployed women with those who took part in work life outside their homes. Significantly more psychological violence was reported by those who were unemployed compared to those who were employed at baseline. No significant differences in physical violence were reported. Those who were unemployed had higher HRQOL in all domains both at baseline and in follow up except physical health at baseline and physical health and bodily pain at follow-up. Among women who had experienced IPV, psychological violence may lead to unemployment. Better physical health and less bodily pain were reported among the employed women than the unemployed, but other HRQOL domains were better among the unemployed.
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    • "Employment status is also one of the enabling factors which influence health care seeking on Anderson ' s model . Victims of IPV who have a job gain financially , socially and psychologically positive influence ( Rothman , Hathaway , Stidsen & de Vries , 2007 ) . "
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