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Still blaming the victim of intimate partner violence?: Women’s narratives of victim desistance and redemption when seeking support

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posted on 2018-08-03, 00:00 authored by Silke Meyer
This article presents a theoretical examination of victims’ (N = 28) experiences when trying to rebuild a victimization-free identity after having experienced multiple years of severe intimate partner violence (IPV). Narratives reveal experiences of victimblaming attitudes when seeking help from informal and general formal support sources, which suggest that victims of IPV do not meet the criteria of the ‘ideal’, innocent victim worthy of ongoing formal and informal support. Drawing on criminological theories of redemption and desistance, in combination with victimological theories around social stigma and construction of the ‘ideal victim’, the study finds that victims often feel they have to redeem themselves as worthy of empathy in order to access ongoing support. These misplaced expectations of ‘desistance’ with the victim rather than the perpetrator highlight that the social stigma associated with IPV goes beyond the private nature of this type of violence and extends to victim behavior and decision making.

History

Volume

20

Issue

1

Start Page

75

End Page

90

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

1461-7439

ISSN

1362-4806

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

Author Research Institute

  • Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Theoretical Criminology

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