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Representing an entirely new approach to domestic violence interventions, this book is based on data accumulated by the authors over the past 12 years from a series of qualitative studies and clinical practice with battered women and their batterers.

Scripts of Everyday Life
Scripts of everyday life

This chapter describes and analyzes the day-to-day life of couples living in violence. We will show the dynamics of everyday life, ranging from order and certainty at one end, to chaos and unpredictability at the other. Intimate violence occurs within the routine of daily chores, economic decisions, child rearing, relationship with the extended family, recreational activities, and so on. While everyday life goes on, each one of the spouses forms a new evaluation of their togetherness. To understand the daily routine of these couples, we must take note the expression of their general evaluations in their descriptions of their lives together and in their expectations regarding their couplehood.

Order and Predictability in Everyday Life

To make joint life possible, partners ...

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