Intimate partner violence and the power of love: a qualitative systematic review

Mary Pocock, Debra Jackson, Caroline Bradbury-Jones

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Intimate partner violence is a crime encompassing physical, psychological, financial, emotional, and sexual abuse by a current or former partner. The presence of love in abusive relationships tends to be marginalized in healthcare discourses. The authors' aim in this qualitative systematic literature review was to explore the interplay between intimate partner violence and romantic love and their impacts on women. The review provides a rare (but much needed) explanation and acknowledgement that love does sometimes exist in abusive relationships. These insights will assist healthcare workers in offering empathic care to women, based on understandings of the complex and highly unsettled nature of love in abusive relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Early online date17 Jun 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jun 2019


  • abuse
  • domestic violence
  • fear
  • hope
  • intimate partner violence
  • romantic love


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