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The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context

On-line version ISSN 1989-4007Print version ISSN 1889-1861


CALA, María Jesús; TRIGO, María Eva  and  SAAVEDRA, Francisco J.. Women's disengagement from legal proceedings for intimate partner violence: sociodemographic and psychological variables. The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context [online]. 2016, vol.8, n.1, pp.35-42. ISSN 1989-4007.

The aim of this study is to shed light on what makes women decide whether or not to continue with legal proceedings for intimate partner violence once they have commenced. Legal professionals, members of the police force, and women in Spain were interviewed to help draft a questionnaire that was applied to a sample of 345 women who had undertaken legal proceedings against their (ex)partners. Socio-demographic, emotional, and psychological variables were considered as possible predictor variables and included in a logistic regression analysis. Results show that the best equation for predicting disengagement from legal procedures includes the level of support received by the victim, contact with the aggressor, thoughts about going back with the aggressor, and a feeling of guilt. The essential role of the psychological support during the legal process is emphasized in conclusions.

Keywords : Violence against women; Intimate partner violence; Complaint withdrawal; Feeling of guilt; Victims support.

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