A Trisonance: Identities of Women Whose Mothers Were Murdered by Their Fathers

Shani Pitcho-Prelorentzos, Elazar Leshem, Michal Mahat-Shamir

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The current qualitative study aimed to examine the narrative identities of women bereaved to intimate partner femicide. Eleven adult Israeli female offspring whose biological mothers were murdered by their biological fathers were interviewed for the purpose of this study. Due to the uniqueness of their loss experience and circumstances, participants’ identity is narrated as a “trisonance”: They are not like their fathers, their mothers, nor as society perceives them. This very particular route for identity reconstruction as a means of psychological survival is discussed in light of the literature on identity construction and bereavement and derives recommendations for practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-924
Number of pages24
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • bereavement
  • domestic violence
  • femicide
  • narrative identity
  • traumatic loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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