The phenomenology of intimate violence in Israel

This is a qualitative research project examining intimate violence from a phenomenological-constructivist perspective. It is based on the content analysis of 120 in depth interviews (60 men and 60 women) with partners who remained together in spite of violence. The study examined several aspects of life in violence. These were: the emergence, structure and content of violent events; escalation to violence; the aftermath of violent events; everyday life in violence; the emotional world of participants in violence; the linguistic-metaphoric structure of the violent experience and the interpretation by partners of intervention by social control and therapeutic agents in the family unit. Finally, an intervention model is suggested based on the emic perspective resulting from the study.