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J Interpers Violence. 2008 Oct;23(10):1465-82. doi: 10.1177/0886260508314307. Epub 2008 Feb 28.

Leave or stay? Battered women's decision after intimate partner violence.

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  • 1The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA.


Battered women's reasons for staying with or leaving their male partners are varied and complex. Using data from the Domestic Violence Experience in Omaha, Nebraska, a discrete-time hazard model was employed to examine a woman's decision based on four factors: financial independence, witness of parental violence, psychological factors, and the police response to the domestic violence call. Findings regarding the first three factors are consistent with previous findings. However, a negative police response did not deter a woman from leaving, which is a different finding from previous studies.

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