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Understanding Forgiveness After Leaving an Abusive Relationship: The Voices of Chinese Female Intimate Partner Violence Survivors.

Authors
  • Wu, Qinglu1
  • Wang, Ling1
  • Choi, Anna Wai-Man1, 2
  • 1 University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong. , (Hong Kong SAR China)
  • 2 City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. , (Hong Kong SAR China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2021
Volume
27
Issue
12-13
Pages
2273–2293
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1077801220952164
PMID: 32878585
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Forgiveness is known to play an important role in recovery studies of female intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors. However, survivors' understanding of forgiveness remains unclear. This study explored forgiveness through semi-structured interviews with 25 Chinese women. The results indicate that forgiveness is an unintended process that comprises the alleviation of a grudge held against former partners and a reframed understanding of them. It does not involve reconciliation. Moreover, establishment of clear boundaries is a precondition for forgiveness. The findings supplement knowledge on forgiveness and the importance of cognitive reframing, emotion regulation, and establishing clear boundaries in forgiveness and recovery.

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