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Choices Women MakeAgency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work$
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Carisa R. Showden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816655953

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816655953.001.0001

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Intimate Partner Violence and the Agency in “Victim”

(p.37) Chapter 2 Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Choices Women Make

Carisa R. Showden

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents domestic violence as one of the sites for the practice of women’s agency. It begins by analyzing the critical points at which women’s agency may be applied in a situation such as domestic violence. First, women take a variety of actions (whether to stay with or leave their partners) that could count as their practice of agency. Second, in connection with the first, a woman as a victim should weigh up her options through consideration of different situations. For instance, staying with an abusive partner might mean the woman is willing to endure the physical and emotional pain, or the woman is ready to stand up for her right and fight back. Lastly, in relation to the precedent example, agency and victimization are coincident categories, that is, they might happen at a single situation. This chapter explores the accounts and images of battered women within politics, law, and society.

Keywords:   domestic violence, agency, women’s agency, victimization

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