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Offer eller förövare? En kvalitativ studie om föreställningar inom socialtjänsten om män som utsätts för våld i nära relation
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Victim or perpetrator? A qualitative study about perceptions within the social services regarding men who are victims of domestic violence (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine the perceptions within social services regarding men who are victims of domestic violence based on how gender, sexuality, masculinity and victimhood was constructed in the social workers' statements. Eight qualitative interviews were conducted with nine social workers who work within the social services and meet people who are victims of domestic violence. A social constructionist scientific approach has permeated the study and theories of gender, heteronormativity, masculinity and the ideal victim has served as the study’s theoretical views. The results of the study showed that some of the social workers ascribed men specific characteristics such as strength and fearlessness. This showed how gender and masculinity was constructed in the social workers' statements. Furthermore, the results showed that their statements often based on a heterosexual norm and on the assumption that the woman was the victim and the man the perpetrator of domestic violence. Thus, sexuality and victimization were constructed in relation to gender. This showed that the social workers had certain perceptions regarding vulnerable men, meaning that men often were made ​​invisible as victims of domestic violence in the social workers' statements. At the same time, this may be because of the fact that the social workers mostly or exclusively have met women who are exposed to violence by their male partner. In addition to this, all social workers expressed an openness and awareness that even men are victims of domestic violence in same-sex and different-sex relationships.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie har varit att undersöka vilka föreställningar som finns inom socialtjänsten om män som utsätts för våld i nära relation utifrån hur kön, sexualitet, maskulinitet och offerskap konstrueras i socialarbetares uttalanden. Åtta kvalitativa intervjuer har genomförts med nio socialarbetare som är verksamma inom socialtjänsten och möter personer som utsätts för våld i nära relation. Ett socialkonstruktionistiskt vetenskapligt synsätt har genomsyrat studien och teorier om genus, heteronormativitet, maskulinitet och det idealiska offret har tjänat som studiens teoretiska utgångspunkter. Studiens resultat visade att en del av socialarbetarna tillskrev män specifika egenskaper, såsom styrka och orädsla. På så sätt konstruerades kön och maskulinitet i socialarbetarnas uttalanden. Vidare visade resultatet att socialarbetarna ofta talade utifrån heteronormen och utifrån kvinnan som offer och mannen som förövare av relationsvåld. Detta visade hur sexualitet och offerskap konstruerades kopplat till kön. Socialarbetarna hade således vissa föreställningar om utsatta män, innebärande att män ofta osynliggjordes som offer för relationsvåld i socialarbetarnas uttalanden. Detta kan tänkas bero på att socialarbetarna mestadels eller uteslutande hade mött kvinnor som utsätts för våld av sin manliga partner. Samtliga socialarbetare gav dessutom uttryck för en öppenhet och medvetenhet om att även män utsätts för relationsvåld i samkönade och olikkönade relationer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
Perceptions, social services, male victims, domestic violence, gender, masculinity, victimhood, heteronormativity
Keyword [sv]
Föreställningar, socialtjänsten, utsatta män, våld i nära relation, genus, maskulinitet, offerskap, heteronormativitet
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-27181DiVA: diva2:633340
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Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
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Available from: 2013-07-05 Created: 2013-06-26 Last updated: 2013-07-05Bibliographically approved

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