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Domestic Violence in Refugee Families in Australia: Rethinking Settlement Policy and Practice


Rees, S and Pease, B, Domestic Violence in Refugee Families in Australia: Rethinking Settlement Policy and Practice, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 5, (2) pp. 1-19. ISSN 1556-2948 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1300/J500v05n02_01


It has been identified that immigrant and refugee women are particularly at risk in cases of domestic violence. This article reveals the qualitative research findings from a study into the significance of traumatic history, social and economic context, cultural differences and changed gender identities on the perceptions and experiences of domestic violence in refugee families. The study was undertaken with a sample of refugee men and women from Iraq, Ethiopia, Sudan, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. Compounding contextual factors concerning structurally based inequalities, culturally emerged challenges, social dissonance, psychological stress and patriarchal foundations are revealed. Informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes gender oppression as modified by intersections with other forms of inequality, the article argues the case for community-managed projects involving multi-level empowerment-based interventions to prevent domestic violence. © 2007 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pease, B (Professor Bob Pease)
ID Code:103879
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:46
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-10-28
Last Modified:2015-10-28

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