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ERIC Number: ED189538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Options to Injustice: The Battered Woman.
Cultural heritage, societal values, role expectations, the legal system, and sex stereotyping are examples of the multi-level collusion of forces which keep victims of domestic violence from challenging the legitimacy of the abusive behavior. Powerless subjects of injustice, specifically battered women, who are eager to maintain high self-regard may actually identify with the aggressor and develop ways of anesthetizing or avoiding the pain. The physical presence of options or alternatives empowers victims to take charge and activate change in their lives. These alternatives can take the form of personal-, group-, or system-level options, such as psychological exploration of the inner self to make sense of life circumstances, membership in support groups, or legal actions against the aggressor. When victims are offered options, they are told that they are in a position to do something about their victimization. Options do not, by definition, activate a sense of injustice, but they must be present to instigate the process. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).