Working women face greater odds of violence from their partner
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"In turn, they must rely solely on their male partner for financial sustenance and can benefit from the distinction that his employment brings the couple," they said.
"Those women who work outside the home have access to these tangible and intangible assets, which may devalue or, in some cases, even undermine the contributions and provisions supplied by male-only employment," they added.
The study also found that distress in the relationship and witnessing intimate partner violence during childhood increased the odds of victimisation.
The study will be published in the journal Violence Against Women.