67% of Women in Working Couples Experience Violence

C. Price

Written by: C. Price

C. Price

C. Price is part of's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

Discuss This! Discuss This!
Advertiser Disclosure

Women in households where both partners work are twice as likely to experience domestic violence compared to households with a single breadwinner, according to a new study.

The study, which came out of Sam Houston State University, questioned 300 women in serious relationships (currently or recently) about whether or not they had experienced domestic violence over the previous two years.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported some form of physical or mental abuse by their partner within that time period.


“Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported

physical or mental abuse by their partner.”

The study found more than 60 percent of women in heterosexual working couples reported victimization, while only 30 percent of women reported victimization in cases when only the male partner was employed.

Other factors contributed to the likelihood of domestic violence (including general distress in the relationship), but no factor impacted the likelihood of victimization as highly as being part of a working couple.

Cortney A. Franklin and Tasha A. Menaker, co-authors of the study, believe their results demonstrate how males feel threatened when their female partners work, stating their study lends “support to the idea that female employment may challenge male authority and power in a relationship.”

Source: Photo source:

Advertiser Disclosure is a free online resource that offers valuable content and comparison services to users. To keep this resource 100% free, we receive compensation from many of the offers listed on the site. Along with key review factors, this compensation may impact how and where products appear across the site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). does not include the entire universe of available offers. Editorial opinions expressed on the site are strictly our own and are not provided, endorsed, or approved by advertisers.

Our Editorial Review Policy

Our site is committed to publishing independent, accurate content guided by strict editorial guidelines. Before articles and reviews are published on our site, they undergo a thorough review process performed by a team of independent editors and subject-matter experts to ensure the content’s accuracy, timeliness, and impartiality. Our editorial team is separate and independent of our site’s advertisers, and the opinions they express on our site are their own. To read more about our team members and their editorial backgrounds, please visit our site’s About page.