Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 211–218 | Cite as

Attitudes of Men and Women Towards Wife Beating: Findings From Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan

  • Marwan KhawajaEmail author
  • Natalia Linos
  • Zeina El-Roueiheb


The aim of this study is to investigate the factors associated with the acceptance of wife beating among currently married men and women living in disadvantaged Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. The study uses data from a cross-sectional survey of 3,100 households from 12 refugee camps, conducted in 1999, with a sub-sample of 395 married women and men selected for this analysis. Associations between acceptance of wife beating and experience of abuse as well as other risk factors are assessed for men and women separately, using χ 2 tests and odds ratios from binary logistic regression models. The majority of men (60.1%) and women (61.8%) believe that wife beating is justified in at least one of the eight hypothetical marital situations presented to them. Among women, those that had been victims of intimate partner violence are significantly more likely to report acceptance of wife beating. Among men, acceptance of wife beating is also significantly associated with their current age, labor force participation, their view on women’s autonomy, and their own history as perpetrators of IPV. The majority of respondents justify wife beating in this context, with essentially no difference between men and women. Acceptance of wife beating by both men and women was strongly associated with previous experiences of wife beating adjusting for other risk factors.


Domestic violence Intimate Partner Violence Attitudes Refugees Jordan 



Data collection for this study was supported in part by the Government of Norway. We thank Ms. Dima Bteddini for research assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marwan Khawaja
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natalia Linos
    • 1
  • Zeina El-Roueiheb
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Research on Population and Health, Faculty of Health SciencesAmerican University of BeirutRiad El-SolhLebanon

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