Psychological and Brain Sciences
This cross-sectional study compared the prevalence of formal and informal sheltering (i.e., staying in an agency shelter, or with friends/family, respectively), and evaluated associations with abuse severity. Community women (N = 197) with divorce histories reported on lifetime intimate partner abuse, including sheltering for safety. Prevalence of informal sheltering (43%) exceeded that of formal sheltering (11%). Rates/levels of coercive control, severe violence, injury, and police involvement were comparable for women who sheltered formally or informally, and exceeded those of women who never sheltered. Sheltering histories can be identified in community samples of women with divorce histories. Informal sheltering is prevalent, and comparable to formal sheltering in terms of correlations with abuse severity.
Original Publication Information
This is the accepted version of the following article:
Warnecke, Ashlee J., et al. "Sheltering for Safety in Community Women with Divorce Histories." 2016. Violence Against Women, in press.
which can be found in final form at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1077801216664426
Warnecke, Ashlee J.; Sabo, Yvette Z.; Burns, Vicki E.; Fernandez-Botran, Rafael; Miller, James J.; and Newton, Tamara L., "Sheltering for safety in community women with divorce histories." (2016). Faculty Scholarship. 301.