Impact of Spousal Violence on Employment at the Post-Leaving Stage in Japan

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Abstract

The current study clarifies that physical and mental health damage caused by spousal violence (SV) gravely impacts victims' work status, as well as their ability to find and maintain employment after they leave abusive relationships, based on the analysis of a survey conducted by the Japanese government. Victims suffering from SV-caused impairments tend to be in search of employment, are often unable to engage in a job search, and are less likely to be employed full-time. SV's influence on employment was strongest and most persistent among victims with severe SV-caused health damage. As the post-leaving stages of SV victims are similar worldwide, the results of this study can be extended to other countries to design effective policy measures.

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