Intimate Partner Violence in the Context of Aboriginal Women's Lives

Carla Cesaroni, University of Toronto
Rosemary Gartner, University of Toronto
Carolyn Yule, University of Toronto

Many attempts to understand intimate partner violence against Aboriginal women ignore the fact that in many communities violence is a common dimension of social life within some households and extended families. Aboriginal women may find themselves at risk of being participants in violence in alternating roles of victim and offender. Using data from a study of women's experiences of violence, the current study examines Canadian Aboriginal women's early lfie experiences including physical and sexual abuse, as well as more immediate life circumstances, as a means by which to examine current offending and victimization incidents. A sample of 150 in-depth interviews were obtained from incarcerated women using a retrospective longitudinal design and a life events calendar to collect month-by-month accounts of life circumstances and incidences for a three-year period. The design of the study focuses on a span of time short enough to be reasonably studied retrospectively, yet still long enough to allow consideration of individual patterns of offending, the precursor and consequence of these, and their impact on women's lives.

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