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Violence Against Women. 2013 Mar;19(3):316-37. doi: 10.1177/1077801213485550.

Violence against women in the context of war: experiences of Shi'i women and Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon.

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  • 1University of Westminster, London, UK.


In times of war, women are likely to experience, in addition to the "normal" violence of peacetime, random cruelties perpetrated by the enemy against all members of the community. During research conducted with Palestinian refugees and Shi'i Muslims in Lebanon, women described various forms of violence and, in this article, I examine violence suffered by women in the context of conflict from three perspectives: victimization, trauma, and resistance. I argue that traumatic events have the effect of obliterating identity, but they can also strengthen the resolve to resist.


Lebanon; Palestinian; Shi’i women; conflict

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