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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559

Abstract

BOIRA, Santiago; CARBAJOSA, Pablo  and  MARCUELLO, Chaime. Partner violence from three perspectives: victims, abusers, and professionals. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2013, vol.22, n.2, pp.125-133. ISSN 2173-4712.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5093/in2013a15.

Researching complex social problems, such as violence against women within the couple, requieres that we seek mechanisms of observation, analysis, and interpretation that allow us both to explain events and succeed in anticipating future scenarios. The aim of this study is to analyze, from a relational and systemic perspective of violence within the couple, the discourse provided by men, women, and relevant professionals. We have planned a qualitative study in which 41 people participated (9 victims, 18 offenders, and 14 professionals). The results show a) the diversity in the characteristics of men and women involved in violent situations and the type of relationship established, b) that participants perceived the differential treatment given by institutions according to gender, c) the need to review some of the legal and intervention procedures, and d) the importance of emotional states and their influence on behaviors of victims, perpetrators, and professionals. Finally, some suggestions are given for improving research design and intervention strategies.

Keywords : Intimate partner violence; Male abusers; Ecological model; Professionals.

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