The impact of intimate partner violence on young women’s educational well-being: a systematic review of literature

Lucia Klencakova, Maria Pentaraki, Cathal McManus

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Research highlights that romantic relationships of young people are not all ‘puppy love’ but can be also abusive. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a gendered phenomenon as it primarily affects women who are at a higher risk of more severe forms of violence and also suffer more severe consequences than young men. IPV leads to substantial negative outcomes such as mental health decline, economic insecurity and/or academic underachievement. Particularly for young females, education is a powerful protective factor against re-victimisation and economic dependence which often forces women to remain trapped in abusive relationships. This review was conducted to integrate and summarise research available on IPV and its impact on young women’s educational well-being to fill a significant gap in the literature. Under the guidance of PRISMA, terms related to the criteria of young women aged 10–24, IPV and education were searched in the databases EBSCO, PsycINFO, Scopus, ProQuest and CINAHL. While the initial search yielded 6005 articles, we were left with only 10 articles for the analysis. In summary, the evidence suggests that females tend to display issues around concentration, absenteeism and academic disengagement, as well as decline in performance such as failing grades and higher drop out rates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172-1187
Number of pages16
JournalTrauma, Violence, and Abuse
Issue number2
Early online date11 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Apr 2023

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The first author is funded by Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND and Grant No. 754507.

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  • IPV
  • intimate partner violence
  • domestic violence
  • young women
  • education impact


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