Why women stay: A theoretical examination of rational choice and moral reasoning in the context of intimate partner violence

Meyer, Silke (2012) Why women stay: A theoretical examination of rational choice and moral reasoning in the context of intimate partner violence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 45 2: 179-193. doi:10.1177/0004865812443677


Author Meyer, Silke
Title Why women stay: A theoretical examination of rational choice and moral reasoning in the context of intimate partner violence
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8658
1837-9273
Publication date 2012-08
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0004865812443677
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 193
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Public attitudes towards intimate partner violence (IPV) have shifted from viewing IPV as a tolerable, private matter to viewing it as a matter of public concern that should be dealt with as a crime. Despite this major shift in social attitudes towards IPV over the last three decades, there seems to be a lack of understanding of why many women stay, at least initially, when facing severe forms of IPV. Using data from face-to-face interviews conducted with 29 women in Southeast Queensland who experienced severe forms of IPV over an extended period of time, this paper explores the rationale behind the (initial) decision to stay with an abusive partner. While rational decision making has predominantly been seen as a male trait, this paper criticizes this underlying assumption, using a feminist framework of moral reasoning. Findings presented in this paper identify the rationale behind victims’ decisions to stay and offer an advanced understanding of moral reasoning through a gendered lens in the context of IPV. Understanding why women stay, at least initially, is the first crucial step in ensuring adequate support for women on their journey towards the ultimate goal of a violence-free life.
Keyword Domestic Violence
Intimate Partner Violence
Leaving
Moral reasoning
Rational Choice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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