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VALDES BARRAZA, Pía et al. Violence against women: Qualitative research in women victims of intimate partner violence. liber. [online]. 2023, vol.29, n.1, e685.  Epub June 01, 2023. ISSN 1729-4827.


: Intimate partner violence is a coercive and/ or controlling behavior on the romantic partner, which includes different types of damage and represents one of the main causes of death for women worldwide.


: To describe and interpret the subjective theories about intimate partner violence, of a group of women from a public university in northern Chile, who have been victims of this type of violence in their lives.


: qualitative methodology, a case study design, and a theoretical sampling of 15 women victims of intimate partner violence, from a university in northern Chile, are used. Fifteen semi- structured interviews were applied, which were analyzed based on thematic coding, grounded theory and specific analysis of subjective theories.


: subjective theories were found that are characterized by promoting the choice of violent partners, keeping women in this type of relationship and protecting self-esteem. Discussion: these results are analyzed in the light of existing theories and suggestions are proposed to address this problem.

Keywords : intimate partner violence; violence against women; subjective theories; intimate partner relationship.

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