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Battered Women's Protective StrategiesStronger Than You Know$
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Sherry Hamby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.001.0001

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Introduction: A Re-Framing of Stereotypes of Battered Women

Introduction: A Re-Framing of Stereotypes of Battered Women

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: A Re-Framing of Stereotypes of Battered Women
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Battered Women's Protective Strategies
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Sherry Hamby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.003.0001

By looking only for evidence that confirms stereotypes and fits within the bounds of the dominant deficit-focused paradigm, we have missed the opportunity to tell another story about survivors of domestic violence. This chapter lays out the limitations of the existing deficit-focused paradigm that too often affects research, intervention, and media treatment of battered women. The stereotypes about battered women as passive and denial have created a negative filter in research and services that keeps people from recognizing the active protective steps that most battered women take. This negative filter also keeps people from recognizing the full range of risks and obstacles most battered women face. A case is made instead for a strengths-based paradigm.

Keywords:   Deficits, strengths-based paradigm, stereotypes, battered women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence

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