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Title: South Asian immigrant women and domestic abuse in Scotland : an uncertain legal status and no recourse to public funds
Author: McLaughlin, Elaine
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 0766
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2016
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A review of the literature was conducted concerning minority ethnic immigrant women who had experienced domestic abuse. Immigration Law and procedure in jurisdictions outwith the UK was considered as well as an in-depth analysis of UK Immigration Law. Nine South Asian immigrant women participated in qualitative semi-structured interviews. Grounded Theory was utilised upon data analysis. The research benefited from various theoretical frameworks. In particular, the ‘ ethnicity and gender ’ framework by Margaret Abraham was used when considering the etiology of domestic abuse experienced. Regard was also had to the integrated ecological model of L. Heise. Research by Foa et al provided a deeper level of analysis whereby hypothesised psychological and environmental factors affecting domestically abused women were considered. A feminist-intersectional approach identified difficulties specific to South Asian immigrant women. These theoretical frameworks captured the diverse and unique needs of South Asian immigrant women which are irrelevant to women from the Scottish indigenous community. Structural and social constraints were identified. These constraints are entrenched within current Immigration Rules. In addition after migration the women experienced domestic abuse at the hands of their husbands and inlaws either singularly or in cumulo. Marriage migration left the women isolated as a result they were marginalised from support and protection. South Asian Immigrant women require access to information in relation to the specific provisions of the Immigration Rules that negatively impact upon them pre and post migration. They require to be educated as to the legal protections that are available to them after migration within immigration, civil and criminal law. Relevant Statutory and voluntary sector bodies require to be better informed of the numerous difficulties domestically abused South Asian immigrant women require to confront, as a consequence of their gender, ethnicity and immigration status. This would be achieved with the implementation of a holistic feminist framework in order to ensure robust intervention and protection at a local, national and international level.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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