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What Social Networks Do in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The University of Manchester, UK. (Responses to Interpersonal Violence (RIV))
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Criminology, ISSN 0007-0955, Vol. 55, no 6, 1040-1057 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Claims that domestic violence is best deemed a ‘hidden crime’ tend to equate being hidden with non-disclosure to social services, the police or other criminal justice professionals. However, the social worlds of domestic violence victims are much more intricate than this. Family, relatives, friends and neighbours usually form the immediate social world of domestic violence. They can be regarded as a ‘response network’ that may be mobilized in the aftermath of domestic violence. This article focuses on the analysis of three women’s narratives about what happened in their social networks in the aftermath of violence. In all three cases, the culturally based understanding of how to deal with unacceptable behaviour in the social network constituted a framework for the response action. The analysis shows how social networks can be both responsible enough to intervene in the violence and responsive enough to recognize how the violence affects women and their children.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Vol. 55, no 6, 1040-1057 p.
Keyword [en]
domestic violence intimate partner violence narrative of abused women social network analysis
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Law and Society Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123010DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv099ISI: 000365138200002OAI: diva2:875769

Funding agencies: Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority [03025/2010]

Available from: 2015-12-01 Created: 2015-12-01 Last updated: 2015-12-14

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