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Health Care Women Int. 2013;34(9):775-94. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2012.673661. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

An ethnographic-feminist study of Jordanian women's experiences of domestic violence and process of resolution.

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  • 1a Department of Maternity and Child Health Nursing , The University of Jordan , Amman , Jordan.


We interviewed 12 Jordanian women who had experienced domestic violence (DV) and were receiving assistance at the Jordanian Women's Union (JWU). Our aim was to explore the history and factors supporting attainment of freedom from DV. Narratives revealed themes of DV toward girls; forced marriage; physical, psychological, or sexual abuse before and during marriage; and escalation and enduring DV. Escaping from DV required family and JWU support. In the context of a strongly patriarchal, religious society, we observed a process of resolution by shifting cultural values and themes of empowerment, with an undercurrent of suffering blamed on inequalities in the legal process.

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