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Domestic violence and sexualityWhat’s love got to do with it?$
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Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307433

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307433.001.0001

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What is the problem?

What is the problem?

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(p.1) ONE What is the problem?
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Domestic violence and sexuality
Author(s):

Catherine Donovan

Marianne Hester

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307433.003.0001

This chapter introduces the theoretical and multi-method approach taken in the book and COHSAR research on which it is based. There is a discussion about the public story of DVA, which presents this as a heterosexual problem of, primarily, physical violence, and its implications for identifying and recognising DVA in same sex relationships both by victim/survivors and practitioners/ professionals. The two main approaches used in this book to understand DVA across sexuality and gender are introduced: the feminist notion of power and control, looked at through the lenses of positionality and intersectionality; and practices of love, that enable power over and control of intimate partners. Representative surveys increasingly involve both heterosexual and same sex identities, but it is not always clear what context, including the relationship, the DVA took place in. The multi-method research reported in this book address these issues and enable comparison across both gender and sexuality.

Keywords:   COHSAR methodology, public story of DVA, domestic violence and abuse, same sex relationships, heterosexual relationships, positionality, intersectionality, practices of love, power and control

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