The Aftermath of Wife Beating Strategies of Bounding Violent Events

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In-depth interviews with 40 spouses (20 couples) who remained together after the men physically abused their wives were analyzed to identify strategies used in the aftermath of violence to confine the event and allow for the continuation of joint life. In couples where the wife actively rejected violence, she used various interrelated spatio-temporal and audience-related strategies to change the power balance and reframe the event. In those couples where the woman accepted violence, continuity was stressed and little if any effort was invested in bounding the violent event, which was thus minimized and made part of everyday existence. Bounding is suggested as a useful concept for understanding the dynamics of dyadic life following violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-474
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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