Trans/feminist collaborative autoethnographic storying of gender-based violence, during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lesley Murray, Jess Moriarty, Amanda Holt, Sian Lewis, Mel Parks

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The COVID-19 crisis has spotlighted particular insidious social problems, including gender-based violence (GBV), and their relationship with movement and confinement. As well as changing configurations of GBV, the experience of the global pandemic and the immobilities of national lockdowns have created space to imagine GBV – to connect with past experiences in the context of our rethinking of current experiences across multiple spaces. In this article we explicate a transdisciplinary feminist collaborative autoethnographic storying of GBV during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the ‘trans/feminist methodology’ of Pryse (2000), we seek to contribute knowledge of GBV through the lens of COVID-19 using our own experiential life storying. In this article we show the potential of this method in understanding lived experiences over time that are situated in a specific context. Our experiences of GBV, as viewed through the pandemic, are presented as fragments, which then make up a collective narrative that illustrates our shared experiences of GBV in all its forms, across multiple spaces and throughout our life histories. In this common story, GBV is considered to im/mobilise – to stagnate our range of mobilities to varying degrees across these spaces and times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-413
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Gender-Based Violence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2022


  • Law
  • Gender Studies


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