9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Family Violence Building II, Auditório B1.04

Critical analysis of the indexes and items on gendered violence in heterosexual couples in Spain

This paper explores the results of a 3-year quantitative and qualitative research on the items and indexes implemented in Spain to detect gendered violence in heterosexual couples. Gendered violence in intimate relationships has become a central problem, both socially and sociologically. For the last years different quantitative approaches has been implemented in Spain (as well as in other European countries) in order to detect this kind of violence and its spreading, as well as to distinguish its different expressions (physical, psychological, symbolic, etc.). Our research has shown different problems in the main tools implemented in our country (Macroencuesta La violencia contra las mujeres, Instituto de la Mujer, 1999, 2002, 2006), affecting specifically in the theoretical framework, to the distinction between violence and conflict. This distinction is even more important nowadays as far as there have been important transformations in gender and family and intimate relationships which are being rearticulated and more disputed. It means that is important to analyse this conflictivity in intimate relationships and to distinguish it analytically from gendered violence, which also has to be properly detected and measured in order to deepen our knowledge of its features, dynamics, and scope. The paper also refers to some methodological problems affecting the gendered interpretation of the items as well as the importance of the symbolic context in which the data are produced. This kind of critical considerations can be useful in order to improve our diagnoses and deepen our situated analyses about what is going on in our affective lives and in gender relations in heterosexual affective bonds.