Structure and dynamics of escalation from the victim's perspective

Zvi Eisikovits, Zeev Winstok, Richard Gelles

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This paper examines escalation to violence in intimate relationships from the woman's perspective. The findings indicate that the process leading from nonviolence to violence is marked by five discernible junctures; at each one there exists the possibility of escalation into violence, or of an "escape-route" back to nonviolence. Control over the situation remains a key factor in managing this process. Women who continue living with their violent partners construct the process in a manner that affords them a measure of control and responsibility at every stage. This enables them to remain in the relationship despite the violence. The paper concludes with suggestions for theoretical and practical implications for assessing the risk and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-152
Number of pages11
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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