2020 Volume 29 Issue 2 Pages 94-96
This study examined stay-or-leave decisions in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) relationships by gender based on the investment model. Using the comprehensive IPV scale to measure victim experiences, we analyzed 202 men and 265 women who had been victimized at least once. Results showed that psychological abuse increased investment and, subsequently, commitment but reduced the likelihood of leave decisions in women, similar to findings of previous studies. The result was the opposite in men, however. Furthermore, physical abuse increased relationship satisfaction and investment, while sexual abuse reduced the likelihood of leave decisions in men. Hence, gender differences were revealed in how IPV victimization influences stay-or-leave decisions.