Fighting for survival and escape from violence: Interviews with battered womenRead More
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 2, no 3, 169-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present study is a qualitative study aiming at explaining and understanding the experience of being battered. It explores the act of searching for help, from the health service and others, and the ending of abusive relationships. In-depth interviews were conducted with nine battered women. The study adopted a grounded theory method and produced an emerging core category fighting for survival and escape, and three key categories: having a personal construct of violence, struggling to cope with the violence, and feeling a need for support. The women with deep internal scars struggled to understand and to recover from the violence. They struggled between feeling guilty and feeling innocent. In the process of leaving, an important other, often a friend, played a supportive role in creating an inner strength within the woman, which enabled her to break up. Supportive professionals found relevant solutions and helped the women to maintain their new situation, while other professionals re-victimized the women. We conclude that battered women with enhanced support include affirmation, information, and safety leading to increased survival and recover
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 2, no 3, 169-178 p.
Intimate partner violence, battered women, violence against women, grounded theory
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3470OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3470DiVA: diva2:757301