"A qualitative study on how individuals with ethnic minority backgrounds experience domestic violence, and what they do in order to survive and escape a violent relationship"
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The study has explored “how individuals with ethnic minority backgrounds experience domestic violence, and what they do in order to survive and escape a violent relationship”. From this issue, the following research questions have been formulated: - What forms of violence have the participants been exposed to? - How do the participants experience the violence and relationship they are in? - What factors prevent the participants from leaving their abusive partners? - What factors contribute to their desire to leave the violent partner? - How do the participants cope with the situation? The thesis is designed with a qualitative approach with interviews as a method. The work was done in cooperation with, in this thesis, an anonymised institution – hereinafter “the shelter”, as part of the EU-funded PERARES project at the University of Stavanger. The participants are four women and a man who are experiencing or have experienced partner violence. The study is based on theory about coping; how people, exposed to domestic violence utilize strategies, try to sustain with the on-going violence and escape a violent relationship. The results show variations in the violence the participants have been exposed to: “physical, mental and sexual abuse”. The violence has consequences for the participants in several areas. They report about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), suicidal attempts, depression, isolation and fear. The participants are trying to normalize the violence, but over time it's still a gradual process in which the participants have distanced themselves from the abuser. The process seems not to be a linear process but a process in which they go back and forth. The process is categorized as “the beginning, good and bad periods and move (forward and back)”. According to this thesis, the participants reported several obstacles when trying to escape the violence: Feelings of sympathy towards the partner, hoping that things would change for the better, negative experiences of social services and lack of knowledge of the Norwegian system/law, not having a supportive network, and the ongoing, long term impact of abuse were identified as important factors. When exploring what they do in order to survive and escape a violent relationship three major themes were identified – “developing knowledge, telling and gaining support”.
Master's thesis in Social work