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Intimate Male Partner Violence and Muslim migration
Author/s: Cristina Giuliani, Marialuisa Gennari 
Year:  2014 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 101-112 FullText PDF:  74 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MAL2014-001006
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The aim of this contribution is to explore the post-migration context correlated to the beginning and continuation of Intimate Male Partner Violence (IMPV) in Muslim couples living in Italy. Through a preliminary content analysis of both in-depth interviews with immigrant Muslim battered women and focus groups with immigrant Muslim men, interrelated factors that contribute to IMPV in the post-migration context are focalized, in particular post-migration sources of stress, social isolation and ethnic community’s absence. In addition to the social and psychological factors impacting to leave an abusive relationship, linguistic and cultural barriers emerged from the interviews: definition of gender violence gravity, gender social norms and marital disparities, meaning of marriage and familism, social stigma.
Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, Migration, Muslim women, Risk Factors, Cultural Barriers.

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Cristina Giuliani, Marialuisa Gennari, Intimate Male Partner Violence and Muslim migration in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 1/2014, pp. 101-112, DOI:10.3280/MAL2014-001006


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