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Title: Domestic violence within a marriage : a critical analysis of the cultural barriers fced by Muslim Asian women when seeking assistance
Author: Khan, Sadia
Awarding Body: University of Central Lancashire
Current Institution: University of Central Lancashire
Date of Award: 2006
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This study's objective was to focus on the issue of domestic violence in the Muslim Asian community. It aims to investigate and critically analyse the cultural barriers and obstacles faced by Muslim Asian women when seeking divorce following domestic violence. This study demonstrates that this specific group of women can face multiple barriers to accessing appropriate services. This can include communication difficulties, institutional racism or lack of understanding and empathy with their situation. In addition, the pressures from family, culture and community can add to the complexities of their experiences. Understanding domestic violence in the Muslim Asian community can prove difficult due to the notion of family honour which appears to play a central role on many woman's lives and choices. My personal understanding of Asian cultures helped me formulate the conclusion that the experiences of Muslim Asian women differ considerably from other social groups. This dissertation will seek to illustrate that statutory agencies need to consider the cultural barriers and obstacles Muslim Asian women are faced with when attempting to understand how this specific group of women make decisions to stay in or leave violent relationships. It also sets out suggested reforms for good practice and suggests practical ways to enhance the development of culturally sensitive service provision based upon the research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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