Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 219–224

Social Support Related to Women Who Have Remained with Their Partners After the Physical Violence has Ceased

RESEARCH AND INTERVENTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

DOI: 10.1007/s10896-013-9497-x

Cite this article as:
Fleet, C. & Hiebert-Murphy, D. J Fam Viol (2013) 28: 219. doi:10.1007/s10896-013-9497-x

Abstract

Using a U.S. nationally representative sample (N = 5,692; U.S. National Comorbidity Survey- Replication Part II [NCS-R]; Alegria et al. 2007), this research explored social support as a possible protective factor for abused women. Women who were physically abused by their partners, but not during the past year reported more positive social support from friends than women who continued to experience physical violence or women who had not experienced partner violence. Women who had experienced recent physical violence reported more negative social support than women who had not experienced partner violence. These findings suggest that positive social support might be a protective mechanism for women in abusive relationships.

Keywords

WomenMale partner violenceSocial supportAbuse

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada