To love violently: Strategies for reconciling love and violence

Dalit Yassour Borochowitz, Zvi Eisikovits

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This research describes and analyzes the strategies for reconciling love and violence among battered women and their abusive partners. The data were chosen from a purposive sample of 14 couples, and the research was conducted in the phenomenological tradition. Two avenues of reconciling emerged from the findings: one that presents love and violence as mutually functional and the other that creates a complete split between the two. These findings point to two important conclusions: (a) Feelings of love often exist between spouses, even in a violent environment, and (b) battered women and their partners often attach similar meanings to the connection between love and violence, or use the same strategies to split the two.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-494
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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