"... there is no war here; it is only the relationship that makes us scared": Factors having an impact on domestic violence in Liberian refugee communities in South Australia

Lana Zannettino

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    Abstract

    This article explores the factors that have an impact on domestic violence in African refugee communities, with specific reference to the Liberian community in South Australia. Seventeen focus group discussions were undertaken with women participants of the Liberian Women's Gathering. The nested ecological model (Dutton, 2001; Heise, 1998) is used to conceptualize the factors having an impact on domestic violence. The findings suggest that disruption to traditional gender roles has an impact on domestic violence at the cultural, socioeconomic, familial, and individual levels and that women's experience of domestic violence must be understood in relation to the acute and prolonged stressors of war, loss, and displacement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)807-828
    Number of pages22
    JournalViolence Against Women
    Volume18
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

    Keywords

    • domestic violence
    • ecological model
    • Liberian refugees

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