Challenging the gendered discourse of domestic violence

Hine, Benjamin A. (2016) Challenging the gendered discourse of domestic violence. In: Gender Equity Network, 15 Dec 2016, University College London. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Psychologist Dr Ben Hine from the University of West London will be exploring how we raise awareness of non-traditional victims of domestic violence in the public consciousness.

"Perceptions of 'typical' incidences of domestic violence are deeply ingrained in the public consciousness. These ideas are heavily related to pervasive gender stereotypes and power associations between the sexes. However, whilst it is true that more women are victims of domestic violence than men, statistics regularly show that many incidences involve both men and women (intimate terrorism), or a female aggressor and male victim.

In addition, an even smaller space exists within the public consciousness for incidences of homosexual violence, despite the fact that prevalence of domestic violence in these relationships is estimated to be similar to heterosexual relationships.

Why then, are these crimes so hard to recognise, talk about, and acknowledge? How do our perceptions of domestic violence influence the judgements that we make regarding those involved? Are some victims taken less seriously than others, and why? And how do we change this? This talk will explore existing ideas and literature surrounding differing perceptions of domestic violence, and emphasise the importance of challenging this narrative for the sake of all victims"

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: domestic violence, gender, discourse
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Ben Hine
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 15:17
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 09:09
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3125

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