Characteristics Related to Protection Order Use Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

Alesha Durfee, Jill Messing

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One increasingly important resource for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) is domestic violence civil protection orders (POs). Using a transdisciplinary framework, this article critically examines the use of POs by IPV victims seeking shelter services. Previous contact with police and medical professionals are the strongest predictors of having obtained a PO; education level, income, age, race, and having children in the shelter are also significant predictors of having obtained a PO. These findings are discussed in the context of previous research on help-seeking behaviors and the growing body of transdisciplinary research on violence against women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-710
Number of pages10
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012


  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • protection order
  • shelter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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