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Daring to ask about violence?: a critical examination of social services’ policies on asking about gender-based violence
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8114-4705
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2098-871X
Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7878-4309
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2023 (English)In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence, ISSN 2398-6808, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 467-482Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article critically analyses the assumptions and effects of the ‘daring to ask approach’ to gender based violence (GBV), as expressed in the policies that govern social services’ work in Sweden. We show how GBV is constituted as a sensitive issue connected with shame and as something that will not be brought up spontaneously; GBV is something that women who had experienced it carry with them as an ‘untouched truth’ waiting to be discovered by social workers while women’s worries about the consequences of telling are not made intelligible. The very speaking as such is seen as emancipatory, and the social worker is understood as a facilitator. With this approach follows standardised questions, aiming for neutrality and equity. However, these are so wide and unspecific, that the risk is that no one thinks the questions are directed to her. By making the assumptions and effects of a seemingly self-evident strategy visible, we demonstrate areas in need of further research and policy development, such as barriers to help-seeking (beyond stigmatisation) and effects of standardisation. This is an important undertaking since without critical scrutiny of the policies there is a risk that stakeholders assume that merely asking will resolve the problem of GBV.

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Bristol University Press , 2023. Vol. 7, no 3, p. 467-482
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intimate partner violence, violence against women, violence in close relationships, social work, standardisation, problematisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214789DOI: 10.1332/239868021x16903817520612ISI: 001054983800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85174310009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-214789DiVA, id: diva2:1801098
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01373Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2024-07-02Bibliographically approved

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