Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Work and University Honors
incarcerated women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence in law enforcement
The incarceration of women has grown seven times since the 1980s, with up to 90% of incarcerated women being survivors of domestic violence. Women are five times more likely to be abused by an intimate partner. Intimate partner violence leads to unhealthy coping mechanisms like drug abuse and violence against perpetrators. While coercion in IPV can contribute to violent retaliation and drug abuse, it can also lead to criminal behavior prompted by the perpetrator. Whether IPV shows itself as violent attacks, sexual assault, coercion, financial withholding, threats, isolation, psychological abuse, or any other behavior that allows one person to control another, the effects on incarcerated women can be seen clearly. IPV can cause PTSD or borderline personality disorder, changing how a woman intellectualizes her surroundings.
Ryman, Michelle, "How Domestic Violence Affects Incarcerated Women" (2022). University Honors Theses. Paper 1269.