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Head of The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context
Vol. 1. Num. 1. - 2009. Pages

Social perception of violence against women: Individual and psychosocial characteristics of victims and abusers

[Social perception of violence against women: Individual and psychosocial characteristics of victims and abusers]

Francisca Expósito and María del Carmen Herrera



Abstract

Violence against women in close relationships is one of the most worrying and controversial situations in modern society. The main goal of this study was to identify the social perception that people generally have of gender violence in order to obtain profiles of both men who resort to violence against their partners and women who are victims of abuse, identifying both individual (e.g. self-esteem) and social (power in relationship) characteristics related to gender violence. Using a questionnaire (designed between groups), 268 participants were asked to estimate the probability of men (Batterers vs. Non-batterers) and women (Victims vs. Non-victims) displaying certain behaviours, beliefs or attitudes. The results revealed the existence of clear social profiles of both aggressors and victims, comprising both individual and psychosocial characteristics. These profiles contained aspects that coincide with the roles traditionally associated with men and women, thus highlighting inequality between both sexes, and which seems to be one of the main causes of gender violence.

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