In this research I have focused on beneficiary and service providers' perceptions toward Arab social obstacles to help-seeking, appropriate intervention methods and obstacles to reintegration into the community after seeking assistance. Through semi-structured interviews and content analysis of local policies, laws and specific service offerings, I sought to contribute to the limited literature that explores how formal institutions that originate from a Western context are adapted to meet the unique needs of Arab victims of domestic violence. I found that the main social obstacles to help-seeking were attributed to a dearth of knowledge about existing services, a lack of confidence in formal institutions such as non-governmental and government agencies, a fear of rejection or punishment from their families and communities, concerns about laws that might increase a woman's vulnerability and limited economic resources.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Samhouri, Annie Mohsen, "Service Provider and Beneficiary Perceptions of Collectivist Domestic Violence Social Issues" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 4277.
family sociology, violence against women, domestic violence, intervention methods, collectivism, Middle East, Jordan