Framings of violence and abused women in Sweden: A discourse analysis of policy documents
2017 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Violence against women does not exist in a vacuum, it is a multi-layered problem affecting many areas of society. The violence is situated in a context where different discourses express society’s view of the problem. During the past decade, work with domestic violence has intensified in Sweden, using an action plan adopted by the Swedish government 2007 as starting point. The plan is called: “Action plan for combating men’s violence against women, violence and oppression in the name of honour and violence in same-sex relationships” (Skr 2007/08:39). In the action plan, the government highlights groups of women that could be particularly vulnerable when it comes to violence in close relationships; disabled women, elderly women, women with substance abuse and addiction problems, women with a foreign background and victims of honour related violence and repression. However, many researchers point out that dividing people into categories can lead to stigmatization and discrimination, as categories are rarely value-neutral. In this study, I carried out a critical discourse analysis of five different policy documents based on this action plan. The purpose of the documents is to increase the Swedish social services’ knowledge about violence against women, and the purpose of analysing these documents was to examine the framing of violence and abused women from an intersectional perspective.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30503OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-30503DiVA: diva2:1084448
"Violence and Society" International Conference 18 mars 2017 - Warsaw, Poland