Domestic Violence Research: Valuing Stories

QUALITATIVE CRIMINOLOGY, pp. 129-139, Lorana Bartels, Kelly Richards, ed., Hawkins Press and Asia Pacific Press, Leichardt, 2011

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 11-26

1 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2012

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Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This chapter explores the role of qualitative research using interviews and focus groups in research about domestic violence. The chapter focuses particularly on the significance of the knowledge and experiences of workers who support battered women and of survivors of domestic violence. It discusses research techniques involving focus groups and one-to-one interviewing in this context and, drawing on the author’s experience, investigates some of the issues that arise with respect to these research approaches. The chapter discusses the significance, for focus group and interview participants, of contributing stories to the research process. It concludes with some observations about the obligations owed to interviewees and focus group participants by researchers and how such obligations might be fulfilled.

Keywords: domestic violence, research, focus groups, interviews

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather, Domestic Violence Research: Valuing Stories (2011). QUALITATIVE CRIMINOLOGY, pp. 129-139, Lorana Bartels, Kelly Richards, ed., Hawkins Press and Asia Pacific Press, Leichardt, 2011; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 11-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2165132

Heather Douglas (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
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4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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