Title

Danger Signs: Ethnicity, relationship status and lethal threats associated with intimate partner violence

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Murdoch University

Faculty

Business and Law

School

Justice & Law

RAS ID

10274

Comments

This article was originally published as: Guggisberg, M. , Larsen, A. , Fisher, C., Spilsbury, K., Zilkens, R., & Semmens, J. (2010). Danger Signs: Ethnicity, relationship status and lethal threats associated with intimate partner violence. Australian Journal of Gender and Law, 1(1), 1-18. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper identifies groupings of women who experience dangerous levels of intimate partner violence. Data from a survey of two hundred and twenty seven Perth women, who were clients of two services, were systematically analysed using SPSS Version 17. The results confirm that specific groupings of women experienced various illegal, potentially lethal forms of violence. The severity of the threats to Aboriginal and separated women suggests that these women are at risk of serious injury and possibly homicide. Their experiences expose a gap between laws outlawing violence and cultural norms that support intimate partner violence. These findings serve also as a warning to service providers that intervention is warranted.