“It’s like coming out”: Partner-violent men’s disclosure narratives
From its origins in the LGBTQ community, coming out has become a narrative genre describing the experiences of recognizing and disclosing a variety of other stigmatized positions, including that of chronically ill, disabled, fat—and male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Drawing on narrative interviews with 44 partner-violent men and therapists at batterer interventions programs, this presentation discusses how closets and outcomes are both discursively and spatially produced. These outcomes and closeted experiences, I argue, affect violent men’s encounters with other human and non-human bodies, in terms of how they move in space, their potentialities and what they feel.
Lucas Gottzén is Associate Professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University. His research focuses primarily on gendered and generational aspects of family life; masculinity and violence against women; and relations between affect and space.