Journal article

"Walking on Eggshells:" A Qualitative Study of How Friends of Young Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence Perceive Their Role

Mandy McKenzie, Kelsey L Hegarty, Victoria J Palmer, Laura Tarzia

JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Young women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are most likely to turn to their friends for help. Although friends can play a critical role in providing support, there is little research that examines friends' experiences. In this qualitative study, we explored how friends of young women experiencing IPV perceived their role in responding to IPV in the context of friendship. We held in-depth interviews with 15 friends of young women who had experienced IPV and used reflexive thematic analysis to develop key themes from the data. We developed two overarching themes that reflected participants' perceptions of the roles they had played or considered as a friend in responding to IPV:..

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The first author was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, as well as funding from the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (2009-2019), to conduct this study as part of her doctoral research.