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How the Great Recession Increased Domestic Abuse

New research shows that financial uncertainty caused by the economic crash increased the prevalence of controlling behavior between domestic partners.

Almost seven years have passed since the Great Recession was finally, technically, over, and only recently have social scientists had enough long-term data to calculate how the crisis affected American families beyond economics. A new paper, published in the journal Demography, goes deep inside relationships to show that hardship and uncertainty increased rates of intimate partner violence, defined as abuse through violent or controlling means.

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