Romantic terrorism

an auto-ethnography of domestic violence, victimization and survival

Sharon Hayes, Samantha Jeffries

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Romantic Terrorism offers an innovative methodology in exploring the ways in which domestic violence offenders terrorise their victims. Hayes and Jeffries employ a collaborative auto-ethnographic approach to analyse their own lived experiences of domestic violence, particularly how romantic love is employed and distorted by abusers. Its focus on the insidious use of tactics of coercive control by abusers opens up much-needed discussion on the damage caused by emotional and psychological abuse, which are often overlooked or downplayed in both the literature and the criminal justice system. To this end, it offers strategic advice for policy-makers, practitioners, and criminal justice professionals involved in domestic violence service provision.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages112
ISBN (Electronic)9781137468499
ISBN (Print)9781137468482
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • auto-ethnography
  • domestic violence
  • heteronormativity
  • romantic love
  • romantic terrorism
  • sexuality

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