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Love the kin you’re in?: kin network responses to women and children experiencing intimate partner violence
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Gender Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5235-6111
(English)In: Feminism and Psychology, ISSN 0959-3535, E-ISSN 1461-7161Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

ntimate partner violence (IPV) is often known to a wider social network. Still little research exists on the experiences of social networks, how they respond and how women and children experiencing IPV perceive these responses. This article draws on 16 qualitative interviews with women victims of IPV, IPV-exposed children and their relatives in three kin network. The overall aim of this article is to study responses to IPV from a multivocal perspective where the possibly concurring and conflicting perspectives of both the victims and the networks are heard. More specifically, the article explores what responses are perceived as possible/impossible to end violence and create safety for women and children

The article shows how masculinity, in intersection with kin position and age, figures both as an obstacle and a possibility to end IPV. Moreover, the article shows that responses are shaped from intersections of age, kin and gender in victims, more specifically understandings of maturity and adulthood of female victims and how this linked to responsible motherhood. The study provided insights into responses to IPV as co-constructed in a wider social network and how a focus on multivocality may be useful for understanding the multidimensional character of responses to IPV.

Keyword [en]
intimate partner violence, social support, social networks, intersectionality, kinship, gender, age, domestic violence
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Gender Studies Social Work Social Psychology
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Gender Studies; Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129407DOI: 10.1177/0959353516652917OAI: diva2:922154
Children and young people living in rural areas witnessing violence at home: A study of the social network’s responses
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2016-09-01

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