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RAZERA, Josiane  e  FALCKE, Denise. Marital relation and violence: is leaving harder than staying?. Aletheia [online]. 2014, n.45, pp. 156-167. ISSN 1413-0394.

Intimate partner violence demands to be widely studied since its incidence levels are high and it may cause serious health problems to those involved. This study aims to analyze the marital history of a heterosexual couple, considering the different forms of violence employed by both spouses. A qualitative study, with single case study design was developed. Instruments used were a genogram, a semi-structured interview, and the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS-2). The data showed the couple presented psychological aggression mainly practiced by the wife, and sexual coercion by the husband, alongside a repetition of the violence patterns practiced in their families of origin. The spouses considered that leaving the relationship is harder than staying, on account of financial issues, children, and even the fear of recommencing. It reveals the need of professional attention for the evaluation of reasons that maintain couples in situations of violence.

Palavras-chave : Marital relations; Marital conflict; Family violence; Psychological violence; Sex offenses.

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