The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.This study sought to examine the feminist perspective on intimate partner violence (IPV) which maintains that violence against women is an expression of male domination over them. Due to difficulties in recruiting a significant number of abused women, general population women were divided in two groups based on their scores on a questionnaire measuring coercion. This measure was used due to the relationship between coercion and IPV; it also helped to avoid the possibility that abused women may not disclose their abuse to the researcher during the interview. Another questionnaire was also used which measured agreement with patriarchal beliefs. A quasi-experimental design with two independent groups was followed; 30 high coercion women and 33 low coercion women. Data were collected with telephone and personal interviews. Results showed that high coercion women reported significantly higher agreement with patriarchal beliefs and rated their partners‟ agreement with these beliefs more highly than low coercion women. It was also found that women‟s reported coercion was significantly related to their perception of their partners‟ agreement wit patriarchal beliefs but not with their own agreement with these beliefs. Thus, the feminist perspective is supported by the findings.University of Leiceste
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