Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 347–374 | Cite as

The Incidence of Wife Abuse and Battering and Some Sociodemographic Correlates as Revealed by Two National Surveys in Palestinian Society

  • Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia


Over the past 3 decades, wife abuse and battering has become a major concern throughout the world. However, there is a serious dearth of empirical knowledge about different dimensions of the problem in the Arab world. This article documents the incidence of different patterns of abuse and battering as revealed in two national surveys conducted among Palestinian women from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Systematic random samples of 2,410 women and 1,334 women participated in the first and second surveys, respectively. The annual incidence of psychological, sexual, and economic abuse as well as physical violence are presented, and some of their sociodemographic correlates are discussed in relation to each of the two surveys. The limitations of the two surveys and implications of their results for future research and theory development are also discussed.

arab societies palestinian society wife abuse and battering domestic violence sociodemographic correlates of wife-abuse and battering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia
    • 1
  1. 1.Paul Baerwald School of Social WorkThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. ScopusJerusalemIsrael

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