This chapter introduces the term “romantic terrorism” and explains how it relates to domestic violence. It details the methodology of collaborative auto-ethnography used by the authors in analysing their lived experiences of domestic violence. It also provides an outline of the structure of the book and its chapters. The academic and theoretical are intertwined with the personal and subjective to elicit an evocative and yet empirically validated study. The theoretical underpinnings of romantic love distortion, misogyny and sexism are used to frame these experiences of domestic violence, and the differing sexualities of the authors provide a rich context for exploring the ways in which domestic violence victimization experiences are impacted by gender, sexuality and heteronormative discourses of love, sex and relationships.
Keywordsauto-ethnography domestic violence heteronormativity romantic love romantic terrorism sexuality
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