Leave or somebody is going to die: African-American women’s experiences with partner abuse

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150412
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Presentation
Title:
Leave or somebody is going to die: African-American women’s experiences with partner abuse
Abstract:
Leave or somebody is going to die: African-American women’s experiences with partner abuse
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Smith, Melenda, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Florida A&M University
Title:Associate Professor
This study examined the life histories of African American women who had partner abuse perpetrated against them by their African American male partners. Seventeen African American women were interviewed to answer the research question: How are the significant life events, turning points, and transgenerational patterns in the life histories of African American women perceived by African American women through their Afrocentric world view? Semi-structured interviews, genograms, and timelines were used to obtain information from each participant. Partner abuse, for this group of African American women, is depicted by zones that describe the woman as core focus, surrounded by the woman’s immediate relational experience, further surrounded by the woman’s pattern of relational experiences, and further surrounded by the transgenerational relational patterns seen within the family of origin. These four zones of relational experience are engulfed in an environment of positive and negative factors. Emerging from this relational context is the process of escalating violence and de-escalating relational dynamics within the relationship. As the violence escalates and the relational dynamics de-escalate, these women ultimately hit bottom. Hitting bottom was defined as the informant reaching a state of despair and peril that their survival choices were reduced to either leaving the relationship or facing a homicide (of themselves or their partner). Some of these women take time out of the relationship and others ultimately get out of the relationship. The difference between taking time out and getting out depends upon the woman’s ability to learn the lessons of life. The results of this study afford practitioners the ability to intervene with each African American woman client individually to meet her social, physical, emotional, and legal needs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLeave or somebody is going to die: African-American women’s experiences with partner abuseen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150412-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Leave or somebody is going to die: African-American women&rsquo;s experiences with partner abuse</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Smith, Melenda, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Florida A&amp;M University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">melenda.smith@famu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This study examined the life histories of African American women who had partner abuse perpetrated against them by their African American male partners. Seventeen African American women were interviewed to answer the research question: How are the significant life events, turning points, and transgenerational patterns in the life histories of African American women perceived by African American women through their Afrocentric world view? Semi-structured interviews, genograms, and timelines were used to obtain information from each participant. Partner abuse, for this group of African American women, is depicted by zones that describe the woman as core focus, surrounded by the woman&rsquo;s immediate relational experience, further surrounded by the woman&rsquo;s pattern of relational experiences, and further surrounded by the transgenerational relational patterns seen within the family of origin. These four zones of relational experience are engulfed in an environment of positive and negative factors. Emerging from this relational context is the process of escalating violence and de-escalating relational dynamics within the relationship. As the violence escalates and the relational dynamics de-escalate, these women ultimately hit bottom. Hitting bottom was defined as the informant reaching a state of despair and peril that their survival choices were reduced to either leaving the relationship or facing a homicide (of themselves or their partner). Some of these women take time out of the relationship and others ultimately get out of the relationship. The difference between taking time out and getting out depends upon the woman&rsquo;s ability to learn the lessons of life. The results of this study afford practitioners the ability to intervene with each African American woman client individually to meet her social, physical, emotional, and legal needs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:23:52Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:23:52Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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