The elevated risk for non-lethal post-separation 1 violence in Canada: A comparison of separated, divorced, and married women

Douglas A. Brownridge, Ko Ling Edward Chan, Diane Hiebert-Murphy, Janice Ristock, Agnes Tiwari, Wing Cheong Leung, Susy C. Santos

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The purpose of the study was to shed light on the potentially differing dynamics of violence against separated and divorced women by their ex-husbands and violence against married women by their current husbands. Using a nationally representative sample of 7,369 heterosexual women from Cycle 13 of Statistics Canada's General Social Survey, available risk markers were examined in the context of a nested ecological framework. Separated women reported nine times the prevalence of violence and divorced women reported about four times the prevalence of violence compared with married women. The strongest predictors of violence against married women, namely, patriarchal domination, sexual jealousy, and possessiveness, were not significant predictors of violence against separated and divorced women. This suggested that post-separation violence is a complex phenomenon the dynamics of which can be affected by much more than domination and ownership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-135
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Ecological
  • Separation
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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