The incidence of wife abuse and battering and some sociodemographic correlates as revealed by two national surveys in Palestinian society

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*

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Abstract

Over the past 3 decades, wife abuse and battering has become a major concern throughout the world. However, there is a serious dearth of empirical knowledge about different dimensions of the problem in the Arab world. This article documents the incidence of different patterns of abuse and battering as revealed in two national surveys conducted among Palestinian women from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Systematic random samples of 2,410 women and 1,334 women participated in the first and second surveys, respectively. The annual incidence of psychological, sexual, and economic abuse as well as physical violence are presented, and some of their sociodemographic correlates are discussed in relation to each of the two surveys. The limitations of the two surveys and implications of their results for future research and theory development are also discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)347-374
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2000

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was conducted in full collaboration with the Bisan Center for Research and Development, Ramallah, the West Bank. It was funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The author would like to express his sincere gratitude to Ms. Jocelyn DeJong at the Ford Foundation offices in Cairo, Egypt, for her continuous support. Special thanks are extended to Prof. Jeffrey L. Edleson, Prof. Murray A. Straus, and Ms. Lori L. Heise for their very insightful comments and feedback on an expanded report of the two surveys, and to Ms. Mimi Schneiderman for her editorial assistance.

Keywords

  • Arab societies
  • Domestic violence
  • Palestinian society
  • Sociodemographic correlates of wife-abuse and battering
  • Wife abuse and battering

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