A1 Journal article (refereed)
Framing Social Work Discourses of Violence Against Women : Insights From Finland and India (2022)

Piippo, S., Notko, M., Husso, M., & Carter, A. J. (2022). Framing Social Work Discourses of Violence Against Women : Insights From Finland and India. Affilia, 37(3), 487-504. https://doi.org/10.1177/08861099211040906

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All authors or editors: Piippo, Sisko; Notko, Marianne; Husso, Marita; Carter, Anand Janet

Journal or series: Affilia

ISSN: 0886-1099

eISSN: 1552-3020

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 06/11/2021

Volume: 37

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 487-504

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/08861099211040906

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78559


Violence against women (VAW) is a global social problem. In India, its high prevalence is connected to gender inequality, whereas Finland suffers from the so-called Nordic Paradox—that is, the existence of both gender equality and a high prevalence of VAW. This qualitative study employed a critical constructioniist approach and frame analysis to analyze data from interviews with Finnish (n = 20) and Mumbai (n = 18) social workers. We asked how social workers frame their response to VAW and how ways of framing elucidate institutional practices that facilitate the interventions. Anti-oppressive, juridical, procedural, and collaborational frames revealed institutional practices mirroring how societal dismissal of VAW and neglect of survivors’ experiences travel across cultures. However, in contrast to Mumbai, ways of framing in Finland revealed little evidence of a feminist approach to VAW. Although gender as a social category might not have stood out in the Finnish data, there was evidence of how gender works through ethnicity. Findings raise questions for both countries about how to develop VAW interventions, for example, to address the complexity of VAW affecting individuals, families, and communities, engage different stakeholders, and attend to social positionality as well as axes of diversity.

Keywords: violence (activity); domestic violence; gendering; sociocultural factors; social work; violence prevention work

Free keywords: gender-based violence; domestic violence; social work practice

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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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