The Rise of Intimate Partner Violence During the Great Recession

June 7, 2016

The Woodrow Wilson School recently highlighted FFCWS work from Sara McLanahan, FFCWS PI, Daniel Schneider from University of California, Berkeley, and Kristen Harknett from University of Pennsylvania.

The study, published in Demography, carefully examined whether personal economic distress and high unemployment rates would increase a mother’s chances of being in a violent or controlling relationship. While mothers across the board experienced a rise in intimate partner violence during the Great Recession of 2007 through 2009, those who experienced personal financial loss were even more likely to be subjected to intimate partner violence. These findings are important for policymakers and practitioners to consider as the economy rises and falls.


Click here to read the coverage from WWS.

Click here to read the Demography paper.