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Accounting For Violence: An Analysis Of Male Spousal Abuse Narratives

G. H. Stamp, Teresa Chandler Sabourin
Published 1995 · Psychology

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Abstract Domestic violence is pervasive in the United States. In addition to the immediate damage caused to victims, abuse is also often transmitted cross‐generationally. Because abusers’ perceptions can reinforce and justify violent behavior, understanding how abusive men perceive their abuse is important. Interviews with 15 abusive males focusing on the accounts of abuse from the male's perspective were conducted. The results from the analysis are divided into three areas: (a) attributions about self and other, (b) types of accounts about the abusive situation, and (c) an analysis of an entire narrative from one of the men. The implications of these results for practitioners of treatment for battering males is discussed.
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