Anthropological Encounters with Intimate Partner Violence

Reflections on our Roles in Advocating for a Safer World

Anthropological encounters with intimate partner violence are common experiences, in part because the profession involves becoming integrated into people’s lives and the unfolding of everyday occurrences.  Even anthropologists whose research does not focus on various forms of intimate partner violence find themselves engaging — often uncomfortably — with the topic.  The goal of this issue is to move encounters with intimate partner violence out of the shadows of our research experiences, the backs of our minds, and the corners of the anthropological literature, and into the spotlight.  This issue is designed for those who do not study intimate partner violence as much as it is for those who do.

Practicing Anthropology Volume 33, Number 3 (2011)