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How Has Living with Intimate Partner Violence Affected the Work Situation? A Qualitative Study among Abused Women in NorwayIntroduction

The employment rate among women seeking refuge at women’s shelters in Norway is about 40 % (Alsaker et al. 2009; Vista Analyse 2012), while the general employment rate among women in Norway is about 75 %. The connection between abuse of women and employment is still very much a hiddenissue in Norwayasfew researcheshavefocused onthis and as partner issues are perceived belonging to the private and work to the public area. It is therefore important to shed light on this issue. The aims of this study are to gain a better understanding of what paid work means for women in Norway exposed to IPVand how living with an abusive partner affected these women’s working lives.