The Climate of Violence, Women, and Work

Angela M. Moe, Western Michigan University
Myrtle P. Bell, University of Texas - Arlington

As our understanding of domestic violence grows in complexity and depth, feminist scholars continue to highlight the myriad of ways in which battering affects all aspects of women's lives and livelihoods. Included in this paper is an analysis of how battering impacts women's work and employability. Data were obtained from nineteen shelter, thirteen (68%) of whom described instances in which domestic violence had impeded their ability to find work, retain employment, and use their wages to establish greater economic independence and safety. Policy implications with regard to protection, women's help-seeking, and workplace safety are highlighted.

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