1st Edition

International Responses to Gendered-Based Domestic Violence Gender-Specific and Socio-Cultural Approaches

Edited By Dongling Zhang, Diana Scharff Peterson Copyright 2023
    316 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    316 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume represents a joint effort by international experts to analyze the prevalence and nature of gender-based domestic violence across the globe and how it is dealt with at both national and international levels. With studies being conducted in 20 different countries and 4 distinct regions, the contributors to this volume shed light on the ways in which contextual particularities shape the practices and strategies of addressing the socio-cultural and legal problem of gender-based domestic violence in the countries or regions where they do research. Special attention is devoted to developing countries where there is a lack of a consistent legal definition of gender-based domestic violence and where violence against women is widely considered a private matter. The authors of the chapters share a common goal of raising public awareness of the significance in nuanced local experiences of women and other individuals from gender and sexual minority groups facing gender-based violence.

    Furthermore, the authors attend, analytically, to the newly emerging, overlapping influences of COVID-19 and global warming. Their research findings acknowledge and provide a detailed account of how the two ecological and socio-economic crises can combine to produce economic devastation, disconnect victims from necessary social services and assistance, and create a large degree of panic and uncertainty. In addition, they intend to offer insights into next steps to not only adjust existing public policies, legislation, and social services to the ever-changing national and global contexts, but also to make new ones.

    The book is intended for a wide range of scholars (both professors and students) and practitioners in a large number of areas, including but not limited to criminal justice, criminology, law, human rights, social justice, social work, nursing, sociology, and political or public affairs.

    Lois A. Herman

    Series Editor Preface
    Dilip K. Das and Vicente Riccio

    Introduction: An interfaces approach to the global problems of gender-based domestic violence
    Dongling Zhang and Diana Peterson

    Section One: North and South America

    1. The myth of the universal woman: The (white) feminist fantasy and the invisibility of violence against women of color
    Roksana Badruddoja

    2. Paradigm shift in Latin American legislation over time: From domestic violence laws to comprehensive legislation on gender-based violence against women (1990-2020)
    Nancy Madera

    3.Gender-based violence and femicide in Mexico: Why is the law failing to protect Mexico’s women?
    Emily Acevedo

    4. Violence against women in Mexico City: A cry for change
    Flor Avellaneda and Luis R. Torres

    5. Severe licking: Calypso considers domestic violence
    Alison Mc Letchie and Daina Nathaniel

    6. Gender-based violence in the English-speaking Caribbean: Chronicling Guyana’s progress
    Aneesa A. Baboolal

    7. Intersectionality as a means to understanding violence against women in Belize
    Kiesha Warren-Gordon

    8. The dangers of being a woman in Nicaragua
    Pamela Neumann

    Section Two: Asia and Oceania

    9. Response to domestic violence: India
    Arundhati Bhattacharyya

    10. Combating domestic violence and sexual and gender-based violence during conflict: The case of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and Bangladesh
    Tonny Kirabira and Fiza Lee-Winter

    11. Malaysia responding to domestic violence: A corpus-assisted discourse analysis
    Mohd Muzhafar Idrus, Habibah Ismail, Bahiyah Dato Haji Abd Hamid and Ruzy Suliza Hashim

    12. From private matter to public problem: Relocating gender-based violence in China
    Dongling Zhang

    13. Social taboos and legal constraints: The status of domestic violence in Kuwait
    Alanoud AlSharekh and Nour AlMukhled

    14. “Mobilizing for punishment”: Legal activism, women's NGOs, and the grassroots in Lebanon
    Sirin Knecht

    15. Domestic violence in Thailand: An in-depth examination of how culture and resource-seeking barriers impact victim safety
    Tanya Grant

    16. Domestic violence in Micronesian context: Past and future challenges
    Hiroaki Matsuura

    Section Three: Africa

    17. Domestic violence in Ethiopia: An overview
    Fikresus Amahazion

    18. Between reality and expectations: Tackling domestic violence in Egypt
    Hiam Elgousi

    19. Domestic and sexual violence among university students in Ghana
    Michelle L. Munro-Kramer, Lindsay M. Cannon, Eugene K. M. Darteh, Ruth Owusu-Antwi, and Sarah D. Compton

    20. Domestic violence, human rights, and reform in Mauritania
    Nabil Ouassini and Anwar Ouassini

    Section Four: Perpetrators and Victims (Intersectionality: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Migrant, and Refugee Populations)

    21. Responding to intimate partner violence against women in Spain: Perpetrators’ accounts as a new variable to the ecological approach model
    Mostafa Boieblan

    22. Why domestic violence remains under-reported within migrant communities in Germany
    Fiza Lee-Winter

    23. Ritualized experiences of pain: Love and domestic violence among transgender women in Brazil
    Thiago de Lima Oliveira and Veronica Alcantara Guerra

    24. Socio-legal responses to immigrant and refugee male batterers in the EU and MENA regions
    Chuka Emezue


    Dongling Zhang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Global Languages, Cultures and Societies, Webster University, the United States of America. He earned his PhD degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. His research interests include university entrepreneurship education, micro-enterprise development program in China’s urban areas, social capital theories, and feminist theories. His current research focuses on the power dynamics of entrepreneurship, exploring various forms of collective and interpersonal violence instigated by the overwhelming influences of entrepreneurial ethos. It specifically examines the institutions through which a social body—the entrepreneur—is continually structured and transformed. These institutions include the family, neighborhood, labor market, government, and more.

    Diana Scharff Peterson, PhD, has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education teaching in the areas of research methods; comparative criminal justice systems; race, gender, class, and crime; statistics; criminology; sociology; and drugs and behavior at seven different institutions of higher education. She has been the chairperson of three different criminal justice programs over the past 20 years and has published in the areas of criminal justice, social work, higher education, sociology, business, and management. Her research interests include issues in policing (training and education) and community policing, assessment and leadership in higher education, family violence, evaluation research, and program development. She is the co-editor of Domestic Violence in International Context published by Routledge in 2017.