“Grieving someone who’s still alive, that’s hard”: the experiences of non-offending partners of individuals who have sexually offended – an IPA study

Duncan, K. ORCID: 0000-0001-8408-6654, Wakeham, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-2739-9659, Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X, Blagden, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-4037-0984 and Armitage, R., 2022. “Grieving someone who’s still alive, that’s hard”: the experiences of non-offending partners of individuals who have sexually offended – an IPA study. Journal of Sexual Aggression. ISSN 1355-2600

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Abstract

The non-offending partners (NOPs) of individuals who have committed sexual offences face significant repercussions following the discovery of their partner’s crimes. However, NOPs support needs have typically been overlooked, with priority instead placed on equipping NOPs with the skills to monitor their partner’s behaviour and/or protect their children from sexual abuse. The present study used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis to qualitatively explore the accounts of women whose partners had committed a sexual offence (n = 9). Results highlighted that NOPs experience multiple losses, trauma, and dramatic shifts in their identities and cognitions following the discovery of their partner’s crimes via a “knock on the door” from the police. The findings highlight NOPs post-discovery support needs and have implications for professionals and agencies working with NOPs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sexual Aggression
Creators: Duncan, K., Wakeham, A., Winder, B., Blagden, N. and Armitage, R.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 13 January 2022
ISSN: 1355-2600
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/13552600.2021.2024611DOI
1508782Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Jan 2022 11:38
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2022 11:38
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45359

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