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ERIC Number: EJ836458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1533-7731
Complex Personhood as the Context for Intimate Partner Victimization: One American Indian Woman's Story
Murphy, Sharon; Lemire, Lynne; Wisman, Mindi
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, v16 n1 p39-59 Feb 2009
This qualitative case study explores one American Indian (AI) woman's experience of intimate partner violence and the subsequent murder of her abusive partner. The lens of complex personhood (Gordon, 1997) has been applied as a method for understanding "Annie's" multiple identities of AI woman, victim of intimate partner violence, mother, and convicted felon. The aim of the current case study was to uncover implicit and explicit meanings embedded in the experiences of moving from a victim of IPV to an offender by applying a framework of hermeneutic phenomenology as the methodology. Three relational themes emerged from the interview data: "Getting out of Hand," "They're in my Footstep all the Way Now," and "What's a Miranda Right"? Lastly, this article begins an exploration into the complex link between victimization and offending as it applies to one battered woman. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
American Indian and Alaska Native Programs. University of Colorado Health Services Center, P.O. Box 6508, Mail Stop F800, Aurora, CO 80045-0508. Tel: 303-724-1414; Fax: 303-724-1474; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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