a1 Faculty of Education and Society, University of Sunderland E-mail: Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
a2 School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol E-mail: Marianne.email@example.com
In this article, drawing on interviews with women and men in same sex relationships who have experienced domestic violence, we explore the ways in which recognition of domestic violence can be hampered by public stories about the phenomenon and practices of love. Public stories construct domestic violence as a gendered, heterosexual phenomenon that is predominantly physical in nature. Victims of domestic violence are also constructed as ‘other’, weak and passive. In addition, we argue that practices of love obfuscate practices of violence; and can also result in victim/survivors constructing themselves as stronger than the perpetrator who needs their care.
1 This article is based on an ESRC project comparing love and violence in same sex and heterosexual relationships RES-000-23-0650.