Formerly battered women: A qualitative study of their experiences in making a decision to divorce and carrying it out

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*, Dorit Eldar-Avidan

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Abstract

Over the past three decades, extensive research has examined why battered women stay with their abusers. However, very few studies have focused on the subjective experiences of formerly battered women in the process of deciding to divorce their abusive husbands and in their attempt to carry out their decision. Semi-structured, open-ended, in-depth interviews were conducted with 15 formerly battered divorced women, focusing primarily on the women's interpretations of the two above-mentioned aspects of the divorce process. The results indicate that the women contextualize the experiences related to their decision to divorce and to their efforts to carry out that decision in terms of relevant ecological factors. Specifically, the women emphasized intrapersonal, interpersonal, structural-organizational, and sociocultural factors related to the divorce process. The limitations of the study and implications of the results are also discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)37-65
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Volume36
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was partially funded by the Hanita Berman Memorial Scholarship and the Nava Mitchell Memorial Scholarship.

Keywords

  • Battered women
  • Divorce and violence
  • Divorce in Israel
  • Women and divorce

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