A study by Mary Kay Cosmetics of domestic violence victims reaching out to shelters for assistance reports that there is a high correlation between incidents of domestic violence and financial stresses on the family, such as recurring job loss.
Further, economic distress can hamper victims in leaving abusive relationships. Most victims request economic assistance of various types.
The Gulf oil spill is also thought to have contributed to the already heightened stresses that spark domestic violence.
The study reports a 117% escalation in domestic violence from 2008 to 2009.