n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Professional women as victims of emotional abuse within marriage or cohabitating relationships : a victimological study

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Although emotional abuse is a widespread and common form of violence amongst all cultures, it is seldom recognised as such by its victims. Researchers have identified a lack of research (especially in South African) pertaining to this phenomenon, in particular where the female partner is a professional in her field. A qualitative study, with 11 respondents (professional women) was conducted within the greater Pretoria area. The respondents were studied as victims of domestic violence by using components of theories, which were structured into a model, upon which an interview schedule was based. Researchers conducted a thorough literature survey (with reference to legal interventions pertaining to domestic violence), by making use of scientific books and articles to determine the nature and extent of the problem. For the purpose of this study the main concepts and terminology were defined in order clarify these for the reader and set definite criteria by which respondents were identified. An interview schedule based on themes identified for this study, was set in order to conduct the research effectively and gain in-depth knowledge of the experiences of the respondents. The subsequent characteristics of the relationships and experiences of the respondents were analysed in order to determine the nature of victimisation of the participant. Conclusions were drawn from the research in order to gain a clearer understanding of this phenomenon and ultimately contribute to the study field and make recommendations for further research.

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