Understanding Forgiveness After Leaving an Abusive Relationship : The Voices of Chinese Female Intimate Partner Violence Survivors
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|Number of pages||21|
|Journal / Publication||Violence Against Women|
|Online published||2 Sep 2020|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2021|
|Link to Scopus||https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85090222286&origin=recordpage|
Forgiveness is known to play an important role in recovery studies of female intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors. However, survivors’ understanding of forgiveness remains unclear. This study explored forgiveness through semi-structured interviews with 25 Chinese women. The results indicate that forgiveness is an unintended process that comprises the alleviation of a grudge held against former partners and a reframed understanding of them. It does not involve reconciliation. Moreover, establishment of clear boundaries is a precondition for forgiveness. The findings supplement knowledge on forgiveness and the importance of cognitive reframing, emotion regulation, and establishing clear boundaries in forgiveness and recovery.
- intimate partner violence, female IPV survivors, recovery, forgiveness, establishing boundaries
Violence Against Women, Vol. 27, No. 12-13, 10.2021, p. 2273–2293.
Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62) › 21_Publication in refereed journal › peer-review
Wu, Q, Wang, L & Choi, AW-M 2021, 'Understanding Forgiveness After Leaving an Abusive Relationship: The Voices of Chinese Female Intimate Partner Violence Survivors', Violence Against Women, vol. 27, no. 12-13, pp. 2273–2293. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801220952164