Athlete Domestic Violence in Sport

  • Helen Owton


This chapter explores the underexplored area of athlete domestic violence (ADV). Much literature in this field has focused on the relationship between sports events and an increase in domestic violence reports. Arguments around consenting age, duty of care and professional standards are considered in the appropriateness of developing a romantic relationship with an athlete. In the case of Bella, who was groomed and sexually abused, if the sexual abuse continues then it becomes more complex and can develop into ADV. The Duluth model (the power and control wheel) and Karpman’s drama triangle are discussed as ways to understand tactics employed by the abuser. Bella’s story, the perspective of the abused, continues.


Athlete domestic violence (ADV) Sport Duluth model Karpman’s drama triangle 


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  • Helen Owton
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  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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