Discourses of Abuse and Recovery: Talking about Domestic Violence and Its Implications for Therapy

  • Henderikus J. Stam
  • Michaela Zverina
  • H. Lorraine Radtke
  • Robbie Babins-Wagner


Research has generated considerable knowledge about the prevalence, nature, and consequences of abuse of women by their male partners. Specifying what constitutes intimate partner violence (IPV) is still controversial however (e.g. Adams, Sullivan, Bybee, & Greeson, 2008; Fawole, 2008; Follingstad & Bush, 2014; Hines & Malley-Morrison, 2001; Johnson, Leone, & Xu, 2014; Statistics Canada, 2011), and the predominant line of research has served to increase the complexity by adding categories and subcategories. Within a social constructionist and discursive framework, the instability of meanings becomes a topic for research, and a productive line of inquiry is to explore the meaning of IPV within a specific social context.


Intimate Partner Violence Domestic Violence Battered Woman Abusive Relationship Abusive Partner 
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  • Henderikus J. Stam
  • Michaela Zverina
  • H. Lorraine Radtke
  • Robbie Babins-Wagner

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