Intimate partner violence among pregnant young women: A qualitative inquiry

Authors: 
Lèvesque, Sylvie
Chamberland, Claire
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Year of Publication: 
2016
Source: 
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(19), 3282-3301
Abstract: 

This article explores intimate partner violence (IPV) as experienced by young women during the perinatal period. Using purposive sampling, data pertaining to the experiences of 10 young mothers were gathered through on-site participative observation and individual in-depth interviews. Interviews were coded in an inductive way to reflect the experiences of the participants before pregnancy and following pregnancy confirmation. Overall, the analyses of different manifestations of IPV and their contexts reveal the difficulty these young mothers experience in identifying themselves as a victim of IPV and in categorizing their partner’s acts as intimate violence. The fear of family separation and the desire to protect their child contributed to the complexity of violence experienced in a context of motherhood. This article also reflects on the limits of data collection on this subject through comparison of the results of the interviews with the results of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS-2). Further research is needed to provide more insight into victimization among young mothers and to inform interventions with the goal of helping young women overcome the intersecting challenges of violence and motherhood.

 

Type of Publication: 
Journal article
Category: 
Canadian CW research