'I hate the word victim' an exploration of recognition of domestic violence in same sex relationships Social Policy and Society

Donovan, Catherine and Hester, Marianne (2010) 'I hate the word victim' an exploration of recognition of domestic violence in same sex relationships Social Policy and Society. Social Policy and Society, 9 (2). pp. 279-289. ISSN 1474-7464

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Abstract

In this article, drawing on interviews with women and men in same sex relationships who have experienced domestic violence, we explore the ways in which recognition of domestic violence can be hampered by public stories about the phenomenon and practices of love. Public stories construct domestic violence as a gendered, heterosexual phenomenon that is predominantly physical in nature. Victims of domestic violence are also constructed as ‘other’, weak and passive. In addition, we argue that practices of love obfuscate practices of violence; and can also result in victim/survivors constructing themselves as stronger than the perpetrator who needs their care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: None
Subjects: Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education
Depositing User: Jane Moore
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 16:19
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 14:34
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/2277

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