Beliefs of Palestinian Women From Israel About the Responsibility and Punishment of Violent Husbands and About Helping Battered Women

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*, Amarat Zaatut

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Abstract

This article presents a study that examined beliefs about violent husbands and about helping battered women among Palestinian women living in Israel from the perspective of patriarchal ideology. A convenience sample of 701 married women was obtained, and a self-report questionnaire was administered. The findings reveal that the majority of participants held violent husbands accountable for their behavior; however, the majority of them did not support punishing violent husbands through formal agencies (i.e., the police) or through informal social institutions (i.e., the family). In addition, contrary to expectations, the majority of women perceived wife beating as a social problem rather than as a private one that should be dealt with within the family. Regression and multiple regression analysis revealed that women’s endorsement of patriarchal ideology was found to influence all three above-mentioned beliefs about violent husbands and battered women, over and above the amount of variance in each of these beliefs that could be attributed to the women’s sociodemographic characteristics. The limitations of the study and its implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)442-467
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018

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Keywords

  • Palestinian women in Israel
  • beliefs about violent husbands
  • beliefs about wife beating
  • patriarchal ideology
  • sociocultural context

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