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

Meyer, Silke (2016) Still blaming the victim of intimate partner violence? Women’s narratives of victim desistance and redemption when seeking support. Theoretical Criminology, 20 1: 75-90. doi:10.1177/1362480615585399


Author Meyer, Silke
Title Still blaming the victim of intimate partner violence? Women’s narratives of victim desistance and redemption when seeking support
Journal name Theoretical Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-7439
1362-4806
Publication date 2016-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1362480615585399
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 75
End page 90
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract 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 victim-blaming 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.
Keyword Desistance
Domestic violence
Help-seeking
Intimate partner violence
Redemption
Revictimization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 12 May 2015

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