Victims of intimate partner violence may take various actions to protect themselves from their partner. This research examined the association between abused women’s (N = 755) protective strategies at baseline and her partner’s threats, stalking, and moderate and severe violence 8 months later. Emergency domestic violence shelter and orders of protection significantly reduced subsequent abuse. Receiving medical treatment was associated with a significant increase in violence, and security devices (e.g., mace, changing locks) with an increase in stalking. Safety planning and other strategies had no statistical association with abuse at follow-up. Future research should continue to examine the efficacy of safety strategies.
- intimate partner violence
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science