This article attempts to develop a theoretical model addressing the structure and dynamics of the repository, or “archive," from which partners draw memories contributing to the escalation to violence in intimate relationships. Sampling and data analysis followed the principles of grounded theory. The findings indicate two kinds of memories are stored in the archive: one raw, the other molded. Only molded memories are in use during the process of escalation. The violent man manages the archive as a “credit line" for both himself and his partner. The woman may be allowed various levels of credit, which tend to be rigid and include the extreme option of not being allowed any credit at all. In contrast, the man always allows himself a flexible credit line. Theoretical and practical implications for assessing the risk of violence and subsequent societal reaction are discussed. Possible directions for future research are also suggested.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science