Silovanje u braku kao politička ekonomija nasilja

Translated title of the contribution: Marital rape as a political economy of violence

Jana Kujundzic*

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In this paper, the problem of marital rape is presented in relation to the unequal distribution of means of production, resources and power. It also shows how economic dependence occurs and manifests itself in cases of marital rape and highlights the issue of restricting access to resources, public services and goods by reducing funding for the social welfare sector or other special service providers to women victims of violence such as civil society organizations. The way in which power relations are established in society, gender relations, and kinship dynamics makes economic violence fundamental factor contributing to domestic and sexual violence (Yllö and Torres, 2016).
Very few reported cases of marital rape in Croatia in the official statistics indicates the presence of dark numbers and the importance of researching the broader context in which the crime of marital rape takes place, with an emphasis on economic violence suffered by victims, as well as understanding of new deprivations of social services created in the capitalist system. After the privatization process, a large part of social welfare services was not of state interest as the social sector is unprofitable, the role of the state was taken over by NGOs and the civil sector.
Numerous and long-standing programs and projects of civil society organisations, the state continues to refuse to fund systematically, leaving them to rely on state or local tenders and European Union funds.
The media and the general public are attacking the social work profession after incidents involving domestic violence against women and children, and most social workers are women who work underpaid community care often exposed to dangerous situations in their field work, which negates their responsibility but contextualizes their position in the post-socialist system.
This paper is derived from a part of doctoral dissertation on the political and legal context of marital rape with a methodology based on in-depth interviews with members of various professions who encounter the problem of marital rape within their professional work.
Translated title of the contributionMarital rape as a political economy of violence
Original languageCroatian
Title of host publicationRadovi sa znanstvenog skupa „Marija Jurić Zagorka – život, djelo, naslijeđe / Rizici i resursi: rod i politika raspodjele“
EditorsLidija Dujić, Maša Grdešić, Suzana Coha, Anita Dremel, Sandra Prlenda Perkovac
Place of PublicationZagreb, Croatia
PublisherZagreb: Centre for Women's Studies
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789536955725
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2023
Event"Marija Jurić Zagorka - life, work, legacy / Risks and resources: gender and distribution policy" - Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 20 Nov 202021 Nov 2020


Conference"Marija Jurić Zagorka - life, work, legacy / Risks and resources

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