Domestic violence in Greenland: violent men’s life stories and how they understand their violence against women
Domestic violence in Greenland is often regarded as alcohol related and categorized as ‘domestic disturbances’ by the police when reported by a neighbour or one of the involved. The annual numbers of ‘domestic disturbances’ amount to 3000 to 3500 according to the 24-hour police reports, but they are not included in the official statistics as cases published by the police.
The assumption behind this paper is that there is a relation between domestic violence and social problems in the families. The focus is on how Greenlandic men understand their violence against women and the analysis will further include risk factors behind men’s violence against women in intimate relations in a masculinity perspective. The analysis is based on violent men’s life stories.
MarieKathrine Poppel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) since 2007. She holds a Master in Social Sciences from Ilisimatusarfik, (2000). She has published a number of articles on gender equality (most recently Kvinder og velfærd i Grønland. (Eng. Women and Welfare in Greenland) (2010)), other gender related subjects (most recently Are women taking over power and labour from men? Gender relations in pre- and post-colonial Greenland (2015), and Changes in gender roles in Greenland and perceived contributions to the household (2015)), and on gender and violence (Citizenship of Indigenous Greenlanders in a European Nation State – And excluded offenders of domestic violence (2014)). She is the editor of the book Køn og Vold i Grønland (Gender and Violence in Greenland) (2005).