Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 817–825 | Cite as

Review of Gender Violence Among Arab Immigrants in Canada: Key Issues for Prevention Efforts

  • Dina Shalabi
  • Steven Mitchell
  • Neil Andersson
Original Article


Migration can be a major risk factor for gender violence due to cultural differences, stereotypes, unemployment, and lack of knowledge about services and immigration laws. Even though it is possible to get evidence about many of these issues, there is a lack of evidence-informed interventions designed to reduce gender violence among Arab immigrants in Canada. The hierarchical structure within many Arab families in western societies can challenge prescribed gender roles, which might be perceived as a threat to the continuity of the culture and a reason for abuse. This literature review addresses issues for interventions that seek to reduce gender violence while recognizing resilience, family hierarchy, and the value of maintaining a family as potentially protective factors in prevention programming.


Arab immigrants Gender based violence Cultural gender roles Prevention of gender violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIHR Centre for Intercultural Research on Prevention of Gender violence (CIPREV) -Arab immigrant componentOttawaCanada
  2. 2.CIET Canada, Institute of Population HealthUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal and CIETUniversidad Autónoma de GuerreroChilpancingo De Los BravoMexico

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