Sexual Assault During and After Separation/Divorce

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

ABSTRACT
A growing body of research shows that many North American women who leave their husbands through legal separation, divorce, or other means are at great risk of being beaten or killed, especially if they lived with violent male spouses or cohabiting partners. Still, to date, there is a shortage of empirical work on male-to-female sexual assaults during the process of terminating a marital/cohabiting relationship and after separation/divorce. Using data derived from face-to-face interviews with women living in a rural community, a key objective of this exploratory study is to generate qualitative data about a form of sexual assault that we know little about.

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Updated 05/20/2006