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But sometimes I think they put themselves in the situation’: Exploring Blame and Responsibility in Interpersonal Violence
(Development Studies)
2010 (English)In: Violence against Women, ISSN 1077-8012, E-ISSN 1552-8448, Vol. 16, no 1, 32-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article draws on narratives of volunteers working with women who have experienced violence. It explores how institutional discourses nurture a culture of blame and responsibility. Using qualitative data, it examines the ways in which women victims are seen as complicit in their own victimization. An indirect consequence of the blame/responsibility dichotomy is that victims are depicted as deserving their fate. There is, therefore, a culture of resignation in which violence is normalized. It proposes that if institutional practices are embedded in a feminist tradition, they can provide a more sustainable framework for challenging sexual and domestic violence.

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2010. Vol. 16, no 1, 32-59 p.
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Violence, Blame, Responsibility
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141021DOI: 10.1177/1077801209354374OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141021DiVA: diva2:384814
Available from: 2011-01-10 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2013-05-03Bibliographically approved

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