Approach to forms of legal subjectivity in victims women of domestic violence

Svenska Arensburg Castelli, Margot Pujal Llombart

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Upon the basis of a previous study1, the present article will discuss the legal implications of the position acquired by women who have experienced intimate partner violence, attempting to provide a strong contextual, multidimensional, and complex view of this issue. Its starting point is the conceptualization of the notion of violence through a binary sex/gender matrix that functions as a power device, which will allows us to tackle the problem of gender violence from the notion of structural violence. In turn, this conceptualization leads us to analyze how the experience of women who denounce their partners before the legal establishment for violent acts against them is captured by a prosecution device which technifies, reduces, and redirects women's political/subjective claims. The final effect of such capture is the nourishment of the gender control device through the imposition of an ideal legal image of the victim which re-victimizes women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1429-1440
JournalUniversitas Psychologica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Gender violence
  • Legal process
  • Women


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