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

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ISBN 9781032205304
March 10, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 four 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 lack of a consistent legal definition of gender-based domestic violence and where violence against women is widely considered as 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. 

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface

Dilip K. Das & Vicente Riccio


Lois A. Herman, WUNRN

Introduction: An Interfaces Approach to the Global Problems of Gender-Based Domestic Violence

Dongling Zhang & 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

Badruddoja, R. (USA)

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

Madera, N. (Latin America Overview)

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

Acevedo, E. (Mexico)

4.         Violence against women in Mexico City: A cry for change

Avellaneda, F. & Torres, L. (Mexico City, Mexico)

5.         Severe licking: Calypso considers domestic violence

Mc Letchie, A. & Nathaniel, D. (Trinidad & Tobago)

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

Baboolal, A. (Guyana)

7.         Intersectionality as a means to understanding violence against women in Belize

Warren-Gordon, K. (Belize)

8.         The dangers of being a woman in Nicaragua

Pamela, N. (Nicaragua)

Section Two:  Asia & Oceania

9.         Response to domestic violence in India

Bhattacharyya, A. (India)

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

Kirabira, T. & Lee-Winter F. (Myanmar & Bangladesh)

11.       Malaysia responding to domestic violence: A corpus-assisted discourse analysis

Idrus, M., Ismail, H., Dato Haji Abdul Hamid, B., & Hashim, R. (Malaysia)

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

Zhang, D. (China)

13.       Social taboos and legal constraints: The status of domestic violence in Kuwait

AlMukhled, N. & Al-Sharekh, A. (Kuwait)

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

Knecht, S. (Lebanon) 

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

Grant, T. (Thailand)

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

Hiroaki Matsuura (Micronesian countries)

Section Three:  Africa

17.       Domestic violence in Ethiopia: An overview

Amahazion, F. (Ethiopia)

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

Elgousi, H. (Egypt)

19.       Domestic and sexual violence among university students in Ghana

Munro-Kramer, M., Cannon, L., Darteh, E., Owusu-Antwi, R. & Compton, S. (Ghana)

20.       Domestic violence, human rights, and reform in Mauritania

Ouassini, N. & Ouassini, A. (Mauritania)

Section Four:  Perpetrators and Victims (intersectionality: race/ethnicity, gender, age, migrant and refugee populations)

21.       Responding to domestic violence in Spain: perpetrators’ account as a new variable

              to the Ecological Approach Model

Mostafa Boieblan (Spain)

22.       Why Domestic violence remains under-reported within migrant communities in


Lee-Winter, F. (Germany)

23.       Ritualized experiences of pain: love and domestic violence among transgender 

              women in Brazil

Oliveira, T. & Guerra, V. (Brazil)

24.       Socio-legal response to immigrant and refugee male batterers (IMRB) in

the EU and MENA regions.

Emezue, C.  (Global)

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Dongling Zhang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Webster University, the United States of America. He earned his Ph.D. 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, and evaluation research, and program development. She is the co-editor of Domestic Violence in International Context published by Routledge in 2017.