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Abusive Endings: Separation and Divorce Violence Against Women  


Author:  Walter S. DeKeseredy.


Source: Volume 10, Number 01, Summer 2017 , pp.55-61(7)




Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Abstract: 

Separation abuse is one of the most significant threats to women’s health. A new book by Walter DeKeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz, and Martin D. Schwartz examines why and how men abuse women during and after a separation or divorce. In this article, DeKeseredy highlights some of the most important research findings and intervention strategies detailed in the book. DeKeseredy offers a more expansive and useful definition of separation/divorce violence, challenging the “common sense” notion that a couple must be living apart (many “separated” and divorced couples still live together); examines some of the ways new technology is being used to stalk, harass, and punish abuse victims, and the role of male peer support in perpetuating a culture of violence; and outlines a multi-pronged approach for predicting, preventing, and prosecuting separation violence.

Keywords: homicide risk; image-based sexual abuse; revenge porn; dangerous consequences of male pornography consumption; sexual and reproductive ‘property’; male proprietariness and male peer support

Affiliations:  1: West Virginia University.

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