Negotiating Peril: The Lived Experience of Rural, Low-Income Women Exposed to IPV During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Camille Burnett, Donna Schminkey, Juliane Milburn, Jennifer Kastello, Linda Bullock, Jacquelyn Campbell, Phyllis Sharps

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Abstract

This qualitative study of 10 rural women examines their lived experience of intimate partner violence during pregnancy and the first 2 postpartum years. In-depth interviews occurred during pregnancy and 4 times postpartum. A Heideggerian approach revealed “negotiating peril” as the overarching theme; sub-themes were unstable environment, adaptive calibration, primacy of motherhood, and numb acceptance. Some incremental shifts in severity of abusive situations were observed. Results elucidate the ambivalence with which these women view institutions that are designed to help them. Findings highlight factors that may explain why interventions designed to help often do not appear efficacious in facilitating complete termination of an abusive situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-965
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • intimate partner violence
  • pregnancy
  • rural women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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