Toward an Integrated Theory of Post-Separation Woman Abuse in Canadian Public Housting

Walter S. DeKeseredy, Ohio University
Martin D. Schwartz, Ohio University

Survey research shows that the incidence rate of intimate physical violence against women living in Canadian public housing is markedly higher than those uncovered by most other North American women abuse surveys that used similar measures. Most of the Canadian female public housing residents victimized by such violence are either separated or divorced. To explain this phenomenon, we offer a model that integrates three distinct perspectives on the linkage between gender and victimization in intimate heterosexual relationships: social exclusion theory, DeKeseredy and Schwartz's male peer support model, and Ellis and DeKeseredy's challenge model of intimate femicide.

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