Men who experienced violence or trauma as children or adolescents and who used violence in their intimate relationships

Christina Cardenas Wei, Margaret Brackley

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Abstract

Understanding the lived experience of men who have committed violent acts against their intimate partners may provide insight into nursing interventions that may prevent or cease violence against women. Nurses have opportunities to intervene with men who use violence in their intimate relationships who present with a history of maltreatment or trauma as a child or young adult or who have a history of having been exposed to cultures that promoted violence. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the lived, everyday experiences of men who have used violence in their intimate relationships, including the men's values, purposes, and choices they had in life. To answer the research question, "What is the lived experience of men who have used violence in their intimate relationships and who have used alcohol or other drugs" a descriptive, phenomenological research design was undertaken. Unstructured individual interviews with seven men resulted in the emergence of 16 themes, three of which are described in this paper: being part of a family culture that promoted violence; being part of a non-family culture that promoted violence; and early experiences of maltreatment or trauma. The participants described how their experiences with maltreatment or trauma as children and young adults impacted their mental health as adults and their use of violence in their adult intimate relationships. The participants' experiences provided insight into how nurses can intervene to prevent or stop violence against women and provided implications for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-506
Number of pages9
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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