Episode 45 — Domestic Violence and the Economy

Recorded October 11, 2014. Just in time for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DSA’s Peg Strobel interviews Dr. Stephanie Riger about the complicated relationship between domestic violence, poverty, and gender roles, about the services available people in abusive domestic situations, and how this has changed over the years.

Stephanie Riger is a Professor of Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research includes the affect of welfare reform on domestic violence and the evaluation of domestic violence and sexual assault services.

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How does the economy affect the domestic violence incidents and reporting by victims?

Although domestic violence is not caused by poverty, unemployment, and economic recession, these factors may increase the risk of domestic violence.

Domestic violence may cause financial problems for survivors and entrap them in poverty and an abusive relationship.

Economic stress and hardship may increase the demand for services, just as emergency domestic violence service providers are struggling with fewer resources.

Source: National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.


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