AN INVESTIGATION INTO HOW WOMEN EXPERIENCE CHRISTIAN-SPECIFIC SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS CONTROL IN INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
I would like to invite you to take part in a confidential university study about how Christian-specific spiritual/religious control operates in intimate partner control.
This project is being conducted by student researcher Christine D’Souza as part of a PhD study at Victoria University.
Spiritual/religious controlling behaviours unique to intimate partner violence in Christian marriages have been identified as a particular form of manipulation, oppression, and abuse in the Christian socio-cultural context. However, scholarly research on resistance strategies Christian women use against spiritual/religious control tactics, and how these evolve over the duration of their relationships, is lacking.
The aim of this qualitative study is to understand what is involved in the process a Christian woman goes through in her experience of, and resistance to, Christian-specific spiritual/religious control in intimate partner violence, and how this process is influenced by the individuals, systems, and structures around her.
Participation in this study will include being interviewed once about your experience of hearing about spiritual/religious control from counselling clients, how they endured and resisted it over time, what influenced those experiences, and the challenges you faced in helping them. The interview will take 1 – 1.5 hours and may be conducted in-person or via Zoom.
Download the recruitment flyer.
To discuss the research, ask questions, or opt-in for participating, please contact me directly at Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org.