Protection Order Use Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

  1. Gender and Crime
  2. Victimization

Key Findings


  • Previous contact with police and medical professionals are the strongest predictors of having obtained a PO.
  • Education level, income, age, race, and having children in the shelter are significant predictors of having obtained a PO.
  • POs are an increasingly important resource for IPV.

Description


In the article, “Characteristics Related to Protection Order Use Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence,” Durfee and her coauthor examine the use of civil protection orders (POs) by Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victims seeking shelter services. They find that previous contact with police and medical professionals are the strongest predictors of having obtained a PO; education level, income, age, race, and having children in the shelter are also significant predictors of having obtained a PO. The study notes that POs are an increasingly important resource for IPV.

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