Iwin on Research

partner violence & work

iwin's research on partner violence & work focuses on the intersections of intimate partner violence and victim's employment and workplaces.

intimate partner violence & economic security: a content analysis of state employment protection statutes for victims of intimate partner violence

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Swanberg, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator: TK Logan, Ph.D.
Mamta Ojha, MSW.


Intimate partner violence is not limited to the domestic setting, but also impacts the victim at his/her work environment.  Stalking, disruptive phone calls, physical or emotional abuse that impedes the victim's ability to perform required duties, or time off to seek medical and/or legal assistance are all ways in which intimate partner violence intersects with the workplace.  A first step in determining how and whether employment protection policies are effective in alleviating the barriers between victims of intimate partner violence and their ability to work and remain economically independent is to identify states that have implemented employment protection legislation.  However, limited research has examined state legislation on employment protection policies for victims of intimate partner violence.  The aim of this research is to conduct a systematic analysis of state employment protection policies for victims of intimate partner violence. The study will identify which states have statutes to protect employment of intimate partner violence victims, and will determine the parameters of the employment protection laws among states that have passed such legislation. Preliminary results suggest that states vary significantly in whether they have employment protection policies and the intent of the policies.  Findings from this study have important implications for employed victims, victims' advocates, workplaces and state policy.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Swanberg