Topic: Violence and abuse

Intimate partner violence: gender, equality and power

2015 This project is ongoing 2019

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Main objective

The objective of this project is to investigate possible relations between  intimate partner violence, gender, power, equality at the level of the intimate partner relationships as well as on a societal level. This project aims to provide new research and understandings on gender, family, everyday life and gender equality.
The primary objectives include:

•How do we comprehend violence and its relations to power and structures of opportunity on the couple level as well as a societal level ?

•What does gender and power mean in an intimate relationship and how is violence experienced and what are the consequences of violence on the victims’ quality of life and their ability to act.

•How is intimate partner violence understood in light of research on gender, family, everyday life and equality?

This project is part of the research programme on violence in close relationships conducted by NKVTS 2014-2019, which is financed by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.


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Further information

The project is recruiting participants 2016/2017. Participation implies a telephone interview with a researcher. The interview will be taped and transcribed. All information will be anonymized. There is still need of participants of minority background.

The Project is also open to master students who will be able to particiapte in data-gathering and to Write their thesis on a topic related to the Project. Students from different disciplines can apply.

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Bjørnholt, M. (2019). The social dynamics of revictimization and intimate partner violence: an embodied, gendered, institutional and life course perspective. Nordic Journal of Criminology, 20(1), 90. doi:10.1080/14043858.2019.1568103

Bjørnholt, M., & Helseth, H. (2019). Vold i parforhold – kjønn, likestilling og makt. Oslo: Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk stress. (Rapport 2/2019).

Bjørnholt, M. (2018). Bokanmeldelse av May-Len Skilbrei og Kari Stefansen: Seksuell vold: En samfunnsvitenskapelig innføring. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning, 59(4), 419-422. doi:10.18261/issn.1504-291X-2018-04-08

Bjørnholt, M. (2018). How to Make What Really Matters Count in Economic Decision-Making: Care, Domestic Violence, Gender-Responsive Budgeting, Macroeconomic Policies and Human Rights. In V. M. B. Giorgino & Z. D. Walsh (Eds.) Co-Designing Economies in Transition: Radical Approaches in Dialogue with Contemplative Social Sciences (pp. 135-159). Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66592-4_9

Bjørnholt, M., & Hjemdal, O. K. (2018). Measuring violence, mainstreaming gender; does adding harm make a difference?. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 2(3), 465-479. doi:10.1332/239868018X15366982109807