Exposure to intimate partner violence : perceived links with other victimizations and the severity of violence by young adults in Québec

Authors: Lessard, GenevièveDumont, AnnieAlvarez-Lizotte, PamelaM. Bisson, Sophie; Bourassa, Chantal; Roy, Valérie
Abstract: The objective of this qualitative study was to understand how young adults (18 - 25 years old) who were exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) during childhood and adolescence explained the links between this violence and the other victimizations that they had experienced, as well as the perceived severity that they assigned to these victimizations. The participants (N = 45) were recruited in the Province of Quebec (Canada). Before the interview, they filled out an online questionnaire with the Adult Retrospective Version of the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire as well as answering sociodemographic questions. They likewise noted the victimization to which they were subjected before they reached adulthood. These data helped us to better prepare the qualitative interviews, allowing us to explore the links the youth see or do not see between their exposure to IPV and other declared victimizations. Interviews lasted an average of two hours and were supported by a semi-structured interview guide and a life history calendar. The results show that many of the participants identified stronger links between exposure to IPV and child maltreatment, intimidation at school, and dating violence. Findings highlight the importance of considering youth’s viewpoints about the victimizations they suffer so as to develop intervention and prevention programs that are better adapted to these youth’s experiences and point of views.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 16 June 2021
Open Access Date: 17 July 2021
Document version: VoR
Creative Commons Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/69615
This document was published in: Open Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 9, 86-106 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.4236/jss.2021.96009
Scientific Research Publishing
Alternative version: 10.4236/jss.2021.96009
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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