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Title: Talking about violence : women reporting abuse in Brazil
Author: Guimaraes, Estefania
ISNI:       0000 0001 3521 9932
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis reports the findings of conversation analytic studies exploring women's experiences reporting abuse to the police and to professionals working in a care centre for abused women. The focus of the thesis'is on the women's interactions with the police and, more specifically, on instances in which difficulties in reporting become apparent. Research suggests that only a minority of cases of violence against women are reported. Women's Police stations were created in Brazil to address the problem of women not being taken sed,ously when reporting domestic violence and to encourage women to report. However, reporting rates of this violence are still low and the experience of reporting abuse has not become unproblematic. Drawing on a naturalistic data set of over 36 hours, this study· contributes to the understanding of women's experienced difficulties in reporting their abusers, covering issues which range from them being denied a police report even when their case is considered to be 'policeable' (Chapter 4); difficulties regarding how the police interactions are conducted which reveal a problem about how.women are not informed about the police procedures nor the consequences of their report (Chapter 5); and clashes of perspectives (between officers and complainants) and how those misalignments are addressed in interaction (Chapter 6). Moreover, it discusses methodological issues (such as translation and ethics) with the aid of fragments of actual instances of interactions (Chapter 2); shows culture is manifest in talk by presenting clashes between the 'world' presupposed in the official forms and the 'world' of the complainants (Chapter 2), and in the way that references to the abusers show the cultural understanding that women suffer violence at the hands of men in close relationships with them (Chapter 7). In technical terms, this thesis contributes to responses to yIN Interrogatives in Brazilian Portuguese (Chapter 3) and to the study of repair and of technologies for dealing with misunderstandings and misalignments in interaction (Chapter 6). Overall, ~his thesis conn:ibutes to the, understanding of problems of women reporting abuse in Brazil, to the services or abused women in Brazil by providing some suggestions to improving the interactions, and to conversation analysis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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