Experiences of Divorced Women Subject to Domestic Violence in Turkey

Kelebek-Kucukarslan G., CANKURTARAN Ö.

JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0886260520927503


This study examines the experiences of divorced women who were subjected to domestic violence from their former spouses. The purpose of this study includes investigating violence in marital life and post-divorce, coping strategies for survival and external factors that empower/disempower women based on their life experiences. The study uses qualitative research methods. The data are retrieved from qualitative interviews with 13 women who were exposed to domestic violence while they were married and after their divorce. The participants were divorced through either informal or formal divorce procedures. Five themes emerged from the study: how to seek help, the endless circle of violence, divorce and family oppression, coping strategies, and awareness raising. The study shows that, during the divorce process, the participant women became more empowered and adopted better coping strategies than in the pre-divorce period. The study provides an understanding of domestic violence in the post-divorce phase. This research reveals the continuation of partner violence even after divorce.