Journal of Family Violence

, 24:75 | Cite as

Perceived Risk for Future Intimate Partner Violence among Women in a Domestic Violence Shelter

  • Hilary G. Harding
  • Marie Helweg-Larsen
Original Article


Research investigating women’s risk assessments for intimate partner violence (IPV) shows that women can predict future violence with relative accuracy. Limited research has investigated factors that are associated with perceived risk and the potential behavioral consequences of victim risk perception. Results from a survey of women in a domestic violence shelter (N = 56) indicated that women perceive lower risk of future violence if the abusive relationship were to end and higher risk of violence if it were to continue. Certain abuse experiences were related to elevated perceptions of personal risk for future violence. Further, perceived personal risk predicted the women’s intention to terminate their relationship upon leaving shelter. Results are discussed as they may inform interventions preventing IPV.


Intimate partner violence Risk perception Relationship decisions Domestic violence shelters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDickinson CollegeCarlisleUSA

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