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Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Women: Factors That Predict Leaving an Abusive Relationship

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 18 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2012 Pages: 611-633
Date Published
May 2012
23 pages
This study examined the decisionmaking of immigrant and nonimmigrant women to leave an abusive relationship.
This research used logistic regression to test components of Choice and Lamke's (1997) two-part decisionmaking model and Hamby's (2008) holistic risk assessment as predictors of the decision to separate from an abusive partner, comparing significant predictors for immigrant (n = 497) and nonimmigrant (n = 808) women. Findings demonstrated that immigrant women reported higher levels of perceived risks/barriers to leaving, provided some support for the use of a holistic risk assessment in understanding women's decisions to leave, and demonstrated that immigrant and nonimmigrant women have both similarities and differences in the factors that predict leaving. Clinical and policy implications are addressed. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.

Date Published: May 1, 2012