Violence Against Women Through the Lens of Objectification Theory

M. Meghan Davidson, Sarah J. Gervais

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The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of violence on body image variables for college women. Undergraduate women participated in an online study assessing sexual violence (SV), intimate partner violence (IPV), self-objectification, body surveillance, and body shame experiences. Findings suggest that both SV and IPV contribute to women’s body shame. In addition, the associations between IPV and body shame appear to be explained through self-objectification processes, but not the associations between SV and body shame. Thus, important differences between IPV and SV regarding self-objectification processes emerged. Theoretical and practical implications, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-354
Number of pages25
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 17 2015


  • body image
  • body shame
  • intimate partner violence
  • objectification
  • sexual violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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