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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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MOURA, Leides Barroso Azevedo; LEFEVRE, Fernando  and  MOURA, Valter. Narratives of intimate partner violence practiced against women. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.4, pp. 1025-1035. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000400024.

Research was conducted with women aged 15 to 49 living in an economically vulnerable area of the Brazilian state capital on the experience of victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). The study adopted a qualitative technique called Collective Subject Discourse. During the interviews in their homes between February and July, 195 women reported incidents of violence throughout their lives. The discourses were grouped by similar violence using the CSD technique and organized into 7 major categories based on 395 key words; i) IPV Engineering (N = 114; 58.5%); ii) Rape of vulnerable sex (N = 77; 39.5%); iii) Silent or silenced violence (N = 43; 21%); iv) Years of Suffering (N = 43; 21%); v) New time despite the suffering (N = 39; 20%); vi) Talking about violence (N = 35; 18%); Violence is a language (N = 34; 17.4%). Three reports with the highest prevalence, entitled "IPV Engineering," are presented in full in this work. The narratives of violence revealed show the strength of vulnerability and abuse suffered by women and the existence of multiple dynamics of violence in intimate affective relationships.

Keywords : Gender-based violence; Intimate partner violence.

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