2004
Volume 25 Number 4
  • ISSN: 1388-3186
  • E-ISSN: 2352-2437

Abstract

Abstract

Being increasingly denounced by feminist movements, intimate partner violence (IPV) is an ever-present issue in the public sphere. Nevertheless, IPV victims’ help-seeking strategies remain largely underresearched in Europe. Drawing on an intersectional framework, the purpose of this paper is to analyse IPV victims’ help-seeking strategies. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews conducted with twelve female IPV survivors of various origins and backgrounds, who turned to shelters and associations in Brussels, Belgium. Interviews were analysed using thematic content analysis. The main findings show that overall respondents prefer formal strategies over informal ones, and that ethnic and racial minority survivors have a more positive view of the support they received than White Belgian women.

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