Status compatibility and help-seeking behaviors among female intimate partner violence victims

 

Author(s) Kaukinen, Catherine Elizabeth, Silke Meyer and Caroline Akers
Title Status compatibility and help-seeking behaviors among female intimate partner violence victims
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, September 2012, Vol 28, No. 3, pp 577-601
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary Data from the 1999 Canadian General Social Survey, Personal Risk was used in this study to explore the impact of status compatibility on women�s decisions to seek help in cases of intimate partner violence. 250 respondents met the criteria for this analysis. It was found that 69% of the women sought help from a family member or friend and 38% sought help from a doctor. The data was then analysed to assess the effects of status compatibility and it was found that women with higher levels of education, relative to their partners, are more likely to seek help. However, it was also found that higher incomes reduce the likelihood of health, social science, and legal help-seeking. A recommendation is made for the provision of victim services to employed women who would perhaps not need economic support but would benefit from other services
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; help-seeking; status compatibilities
Topic Domestic violence