Qualitative Research on Interpersonal Violence: Guidance for Early Career Scholars

Jennifer L. Hardesty, Megan L. Haselschwerdt, Kimberly A. Crossman

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The purpose of this article is to offer early career violence scholars guidance on critical aspects of qualitative research, including methodological integrity and research procedures. Throughout this article, we center our discussion on issues of methodological fit, flexibility, safety, and ethics. We overview paradigmatic frameworks that guide methodological decisions and discuss reasons why researchers might choose to use qualitative methods. We then address decisions around recruitment, sampling, and saturation as well as predata collection preparations for conducting interview-based studies. Participant and research team safety and ethics are emphasized, as these issues should be at the core of all decisions in interpersonal violence research. Along with examples from the field of interpersonal violence, we provide references to relevant resources on paradigmatic frameworks, specific qualitative research approaches, and safety and ethics. Throughout, we draw from our lessons learned as qualitative researchers, teachers, and mentors who study intimate partner violence and young adult children exposed to marital violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4794-4816
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Issue number23-24
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • intimate partner violence
  • methodological integrity
  • qualitative methods
  • research ethics
  • safety
  • sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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