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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/705

Title: Recent or imminent separation and intimate violence against women: a conceptual overview and some Canadian examples
Authors: Sev'er, Aysan
Keywords: Violence against women, women as victims, separation and divorce, divorce and violence
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Violence Against Women 3(6): 566-589
Abstract: The focus of this paper is the link between recent or imminent separation and violence against female partners. First, various boes of literature are reviewed to establish the fact that separation heightens the risk of violence. Second, the conceptual contributions of social learning and power and control theories are presented as they pertain to intimate violence against women. Third, I apply an expanded version of the power and control model to underscore the violence proneness of separations, especially when separations are initiated by women. To illustrate the expanded model, I provide numerous Canadian examples that are drawn from interviews with divorced women, survivors of intimate violence, and news media reports. Finally, I summarize different strategies to break the cycle of violence, ranging from changing gendered attitudes and behaviour, to those which focus on incremental ways to reclaim one's freedom.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/705
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