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‘I must get out’: the geographies of domestic violence

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The geographies of domestic violence are envisaged in this paper as a series of enlarging, though restricted spaces. Although the social construction of home is as a place of safety and support, in reality it can be a place of violence, where women are spatially restricted either to the home itself, or to its immediate environs. Women who break free and seek safety in a women's refuge, or who move to a new home in a different place, continue to live spatially restricted lives, in the fear that their former partner may trace them.

Keywords: East Anglia; domestic violence; qualitative interviewing; women's refuges

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: University of Cambridge

Publication date: 2001-09-01

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