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Dating Violence Leads to Economic Barriers

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Being in a violent relationship has its fair share of baggage which may include serious physical and emotional trauma. But did you know that if the victim is a young woman, dating violence could also affect her economic future? Science Daily reports that a new study conducted by Michigan State University has found that dating violence in adolescence can result in not only less education later in life, but also lower earnings.

Less education because the abuser might create various obstacles between the victim and her education, such as destroying her books or causing an injury that stops her from going to school. When it comes to earning less income, this first-of-its-kind study found that, women who were in abusive relationships early in life made an average of less than $7,000 a year.

Adrienne Adams, lead researcher on the study and MSU assistant professor of psychology, used to work at a domestic violence shelter and witnessed many of the economic problems these women had to face. She told the paper, “It was woman after woman coming into the shelter trying to find a job and a house she could afford – trying to reestablish life on her own.” She added, “Many women would end up going back to their abusive relationship because they couldn’t make it on their own financially.”


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