The Phenomenology of Domestic Violence: An Insider’s Look: An Insider's Look

Dalit Yassour Borochowitz, Eli Buchbinder

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In the course of our research and therapy we often seek to gain an understanding of violence from the ‘inside,’ that is to say, how those involved articulate the violence and explain it to themselves. This chapter proposes to introduce two key concepts designed to aid understanding the experience of violence as perceived by those who experience it, namely battering men and battered women. The concepts are based primarily on the phenomenological approach. The concepts are language and intentionality. The chapter leans on research conducted by the authors and others in accordance with the phenomenological tradition. Since the phenomenological approach is descriptive rather than argumentative, it provides an opportunity to understand complex situations that require a both/and approach and not only an either/or approach. The citations presented here were taken and adapted from various studies (some of which were conducted in Israel, and others by a variety of researchers throughout the world) in order to illuminate and illustrate all that has been stated theoretically in a more personal and realistic manner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromoting and producing evil
Subtitle of host publicationProbing the Boundaries
EditorsNancy Billias
PublisherBrill: Rodopi
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789042029408
ISBN (Print)9789042029392
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameAt the Interface: Probing the Boundaries
ISSN (Print)1570-7113

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011 Brill. All rights reserved.


  • Battered women
  • batterers
  • domestic violence
  • intentionality
  • language
  • phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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