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Researching Violence Against Women

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What are some potential methods of researching violence against women?
Specifically, what are ways in which violence against women could be studied using interpretative and critical frameworks?
What would you change and why?
What different types of information would you likely obtain using this research process?

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Methods for researching violence against women are introduced. Ethical concerns in feminist approaches to research are likewise introduced. Finally, suggested resources are named.

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Some preferred ways of researching violence against women include unobstrusive, or archival, research, interviews and focus groups. Interviews would involve face-to-face interaction involving a set of consistent questions. Unobstrusive, or archival research, would involve examining relevant court and police records, newspaper articles, records at domestic violence shelters, abused women's diaries and other formal or informal records. Other methods such as experimentation and participant observation pose too many ethical drawbacks for most researchers. These methods, ...

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