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Gender and Educational Differences in Perception of Domestic Violence Against Women Among Libyan Migrants in Manchester.

Authors
  • El Abani, Suaad1
  • Pourmehdi, Mansour2
  • 1 University of Tripoli, Libya. , (Libya)
  • 2 Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of interpersonal violence
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2021
Volume
36
Issue
5-6
Pages
2074–2096
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0886260518760006
PMID: 29475425
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Domestic violence against women (DVAW) is a worldwide phenomenon and refers to any act committed against women that results in physical and psychological harm, and coercion, loss of liberty, and deprivation. There is a dearth of research and information about the extent and prevalence of domestic violence among Libyan communities. The aim of the study was to explore community knowledge of, and attitudes toward, DVAW and to improve our understanding of the factors that influence knowledge, attitudes, and responses, particularly educational and gender differences. Using snowball sampling, we analyzed 20 semistructured interviews with Libyans living in Manchester, United Kingdom. We found gender and education-influenced participants' perception of DVAW. Men in general did not recognize DVAW as a serious social problem; noticeably, they saw it as a personal and family issue. Knowing attitudes toward DVAW is necessary for government and communities' prevention policies as attitudes influence perpetration of DVAW.

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