Narratives of aging in intimate partner violence: The double lens of violence and old age

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Purpose: With the increase in life expectancy, couples living in intimate partner violence are aging together. The aim of this article is to explore the constructions of aging in intimate partner violence as narratives of couplehood or narratives of old age. Design and methods: Thirty individual in-depth interviews with 15 older Israeli couples were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using a narrative approach. Results: Three main domains emerged from the data: health issue narratives, loneliness narratives and relationships with adult offspring narratives. Each of the narratives that emerged from the data analysis consists of a narrative of old age constructing IPV and a narrative of IPV constructing old age. Implications: Conflictual couplehood dynamics, such as intimate partner violence in old age, is not one-dimensional, but is diverse and complex and this should be taken into consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-514
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Adult offspring
  • Couplehood
  • Health
  • Loneliness
  • Narratives
  • Old age
  • Partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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