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University of Colorado

Publication Date

Fall 12-1-2014

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Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development


This research is a study on the phenomenon of violence against women that the city of Fortaleza is currently experiencing. Violence against women is an issue that is affecting women worldwide, however in the context of Fortaleza it has become extremely prominent. This study looks whether or not the socialization process of men and women influence rates of violence against women, if institutions are giving life to this violence, and how violence is manifesting in the lives of women in Fortaleza through the eyes of three professionals at Centro de Referencia, one professional at the Delegacia de Defesa da Mulher and lastly, three women currently experiencing violence. Another important component this research focuses on is the psychological process/violence women experience and how that influences them to remain in abusive relationships. The methods used in this study were formal and informal interviews and observations which concluded that the socialization process does indeed influence rates of violence against women and how different social factors often times forces women to remain in abusive relationships.


Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification | International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Women's Studies


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