Income and poverty status among women experiencing intimate partner violence: A positive social return on investment from civil legal aid services

James Teufel, Lynette M. Renner, Michael Gallo, Carolyn Copps Hartley

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Abstract

We examined the economic status of women who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) and sought civil legal aid services over 1 year. Women's average overall income increased, after accounting for both private income increases and public income decreases, by approximately $5500, and the odds of being in poverty 1 year after civil legal services decreased. The social return on investment estimate for total income impact relative to legal aid costs was 141%, meaning that women's overall income increased $2.41 for every $1 expended on legal aid services. Legal aid services can improve income and reduce poverty among women experiencing IPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-428
Number of pages24
JournalLaw and Society Review
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 30 2021

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