Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 7, pp 471–483 | Cite as

Work-Home Conflict and Domestic Violence: A Test of a Conceptual Model

  • Jennifer VanBuren Trachtenberg
  • Stephen A. Anderson
  • Ronald M. Sabatelli
Original Article


The relationship between work-home conflict and domestic violence is examined using data from 295 adults, who worked full time and were in serious relationships. Job satisfaction, gender, gender role attitudes, type of employment, and socioeconomic status were examined as predictors of work-family conflict. Backward stepwise regression analysis revealed that job satisfaction was the only predictor of work-home conflict. Regression analyses were again conducted to determine the moderating effects of general well-being, alcohol use, family of origin violence witnessed or experienced, communication skills, and social support on the relationship between work-home conflict and domestic violence. Both family of origin violence witnessed and personally experienced were revealed as moderators of this relationship. The remaining potential moderators were submitted to regression analyses to determine if they might, instead, be mediators. These analyses revealed that negative communication skills and social support mediated the relationship between work-home conflict and domestic violence.


Work-home conflict Work-family conflict Domestic violence Family violence Intimate partner violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer VanBuren Trachtenberg
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Anderson
    • 2
  • Ronald M. Sabatelli
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Applied Research in Human Development, Human Development & Family StudiesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Center for Applied Research in Human Development, Human Development & Family StudiesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  3. 3.Human Development & Family StudiesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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