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Title: A study of domestic violence among South Asian women in Hong Kong
Author: Tonsing, Jenny
ISNI:       0000 0004 5359 5730
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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Although there is considerable literature on the issue of domestic violence, this remained under-researched and unexplored in the context of South Asian women’s experience of domestic violence in Hong Kong. This study aims to fill the gap in the literature and to address this lack of documentation, using a qualitative approach. The purpose for using a qualitative approach was to acquire an in-depth understanding of the experiences and perceptions of domestic violence in the women’s own words, hearing their accounts and privileging their subjective views. An in-depth qualitative interview was conducted with fourteen South Asian immigrant women who had experienced domestic violence. Additionally, six helping professionals were interviewed from four social service agencies. Participants were recruited using purposive and snowball sampling. The findings of this study revealed that women’s perceptions, experiences and responses in the face of domestic violence were influenced and determined by a multitude of factors, such as traditional beliefs and values, role of wife and mother, importance of family and marriage, stigma of divorce, gender inequality. Further analysis reveals that structural factors including women’s legal status, immigration and availability of services, increase women’s vulnerability to abuse. Additionally, interviews with six helping professionals from four social service agencies that provided services for ethnic minorities also highlighted the gap in services for ethnic minority women experiencing domestic violence in Hong Kong.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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