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Intimate Partner Violence

Research objectives

To investigate the social, cultural and gendered power relations underpinning intimate partner violence (IPV) that is initiated during pregnancy; to explore how service providers, perpetrators and survivors understand and deal with the occurrence.

Nature of research

Based in RU Psychology.


Collection of data through media sources and interviews with service providers, survivors of IPV and perpetrators (where feasible); narrative and discursive analysis informed by Foucauldian analytics of power.


Fleischack, A., Macleod, C.I., & Böhmke, W. (2020). The Conundrums of counselling women in violent intimate partner relationships in South Africa: Implications for practice. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 42(1), 65–80. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10447-019-09384-8

Fleischack, A., Macleod, C. I., & Bohmke, W. (2017). “The man can use that power”, “she got courage” and “inimba”: discursive resources in counsellors’ talk of intimate partner violence: implications for practice. Social Work, Vol. 53, pp. 127–144.https://doi.org/10.15270/53-1-550


Fleischack, A. (2015). Counsellors’ talk about their understanding of, and practices in response to, intimate partner violence during pregnancy: A narrative-discursive analytic study. (MA thesis, Rhodes University)

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