Domestic and Family Violence And Associated Correlates Among Muslims in Australia

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Domestic and family violence (DFV) is a significant social problem that is found in all societies, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. Australian-Muslims are under-researched on DFV issues. This chapter explores the correlates associated with DFV using focus group data with various community-leaders living in South-East Queensland. Findings illustrate some unique characteristics of DFV relevant to Australian-Muslims that distinguish them from mainstream Australians such as misusing religious text and scriptures, contribution of culture, burden of men's financial responsibility vs women's work-choices, clash of cultures when living in Australia, loss of extended family support and social support networks, in-law contribution to abuse, and foreign spouses lack of awareness of the law. Findings are important for the design of effective strategies that challenge core assumptions towards DFV which promote and justify DFV. It highlights the importance of working within the cultural and religious framework in preventing DFV for cultural groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking With Muslim Clients in the Helping Professions
EditorsA Bagasra, M Mackinem
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781799800194
ISBN (Print)9781799800187
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Religious and Cultural Studies (ARCS) Book Series
PublisherIGI Gloabl
ISSN (Electronic)2475-6768


  • domestic and family violence
  • Australian-Muslims
  • Focus group study
  • South-East Queensland


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