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.
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- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)