Professional beliefs about intimate partner violence: A comparative factorial survey

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Although intimate partner violence is far from a new problem in society, it has lately gained increased attention both by governments and by the research community. In 2007, the Swedish government issued an action plan for “combating men’s violence against women, violence and oppression in the name of honour and violence in same-sex relationships” (2007/08:39), which among other things included a call for increased cooperation and coordination of the work conducted by the different professions practising in the area of intimate partner violence (e.g. social workers, police officers, prosecutors, nurses). At the general level, there are numerous reasons backing increased levels of collaboration between professions. In this case, the government underscored the supply and the quality of the help provided for the victims of violence. According to previous research, the fact that there is a multitude of definitions and theories (and ideologies) about what constitutes and explains intimate partner violence may serve to impede the provision of effective help for the victims and perpetrators of violence. The existence of multiple perspectives might potentially also hamper any positive results of interprofessional practice in this area. Against this backdrop, the aim of the present study is to explore and compare social workers’, police officers’ and prosecutors’ beliefs about intimate partner violence. Employing the quasi-experimental factorial survey approach, 39 practitioners working in a town in southern Sweden judged the levels of seriousness of 100 fictitious violent situations (vignettes), which were constructed by randomly selecting one level from each of nine dimensions describing the situation and the two adults involved in it. The results are based on analyses of judgement processes across professions as well as within professions, and provide the basis for drawing tentative conclusions about consensus and variation in professional practitioners’ beliefs about the seriousness of intimate partner violence.


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  • Social Work
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 23
Publication categoryResearch
EventNORDPRO. De nordiske velferdmodellene. Velfersdmodeller i ending- Implikationer for praktisk profesjonsutöverlse og profesjonsutdanning - Olso. Norge, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 2014 Oct 232014 Oct 24


ConferenceNORDPRO. De nordiske velferdmodellene. Velfersdmodeller i ending- Implikationer for praktisk profesjonsutöverlse og profesjonsutdanning