Working women making it work: Intimate partner violence, employment, and workplace support

Jennifer Swanberg, Caroline Macke, T. K. Logan

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Partner violence may have significant consequences on women's employment, yet limited information is available about how women cope on the job with perpetrators' tactics and the consequences of her coping methods on employment status. This article investigates whether there is an association between workplace disclosure of victimization and current employment status; and whether there is an association between receiving workplace support and current employment status among women who disclosed victimization circumstances to someone at work. Using a sample of partner victimized women who were employed within the past year (N = 485), cross-tabulation and ANOVA procedures were conducted to examine the differences between currently employed and unemployed women. Binary logistic regressions were conducted to examine whether disclosure and receiving workplace support were significantly associated with current employment. Results indicate that disclosure and workplace support are associated with employment. Implications for clinical practice, workplace policies, and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-311
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Partner violence and employment
  • Partner violence and work
  • Workplace violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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