The Employment Trajectories of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Kathryn Showalter, Susan Yoon, T. K. Logan

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Intimate partner violence in the United States is significantly associated with employment instability. Using a latent growth curve model, the current study investigates the impact of intimate partner violence on mothers’ (N=4897) employment outcomes trajectories in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study which include four waves of data collection starting when a child was born and ending about eight years later. Outcomes included annual weeks worked and employment status (employed vs. unemployed). There was a significant effect of intimate partner violence on weeks worked and employment status at the second wave of data collection, indicating that mothers were most likely to experience employment instability when they had a three-year-old child. Results also showed that intimate partner violence survivors were still experiencing unemployment six years after abuse occurred. Workplaces and policymakers should protect mothers with young children experiencing intimate partner violence by extending time off from work and connection to community resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-77
Number of pages20
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023

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  • employment
  • intimate partner violence
  • working
  • working mothers


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