Romantic terrorism? Survivor narratives of psychological and emotional tactics of domestic violence

Hayes, Sharon & Jeffries, Samantha (2016) Romantic terrorism? Survivor narratives of psychological and emotional tactics of domestic violence. In Stop Domestic Violence Conference, 7-9 December 2015, Canberra, A.C.T.


This paper draws on the theoretical arguments outlined in Hayes (2014) to frame critical analyses of two real life domestic violence narratives. The authors are both academic criminologists and victims/survivors of domestic violence, but within differing contexts – one a conventional heterosexual relationship, the other a female same-sex relationship. Their experiences are intertwined in an extensive collaborative auto-ethnographic analysis that spans seven years of working and socialising together, in which each provided a sounding board and support for the other. The analysis therefore documents two personal journeys. 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 victimisation experiences are impacted by gender, sexuality, and heteronormative discourses of love, sex and relationships.

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ID Code: 91726
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Domestic Violence, Gender, auto-ethnography, gaslighting, abuse of women
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [Please consult the Author]
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2016 23:21
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 10:33

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