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

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02118, USA.
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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