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Australasian Journal of Social Science
  Year: 2020 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-10
DOI: 10.3923/aujss.2020.1.10
 
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Women’s Attitudes Toward Accepting Wife Beating in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia
Enas A. Dhaher

Abstract:
Background and Objective: A domestic violence victim who believes of justifying reasons for wife beating, would be a target for continuous violence and abuse in addition to significantly reduced reporting and help seeking. This study was conducted to explore the factors involved in women’s attitudes toward accepting wife beating in the southern region of Saudi Arabia. Material and Methods: A cross sectional survey was conducted in 2014 among 151 women in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinics at the Armed Forces Hospital in the southern region of Saudi Arabia. The research setting was chosen because it serves the inhabitants of the southern region. Results: This study revealed that 51.7% of women in our sample believed that wife beating was justified in at least one situation out of 6 situations. The highest number of respondents accepted wife beating in scenarios described as "if a wife insults her husband" and " if she disobeys him" (43.0% and 32.5, respectively). The researcher also conducted interviews with the participants regarding household decision-making, the results of which are outlined in the relevant section in this study. Conclusion: Education and empowerment for women can help changing women’s attitudes towards wife beating and further comparative studies is recommended in different regions.
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Enas A. Dhaher , 2020. Women’s Attitudes Toward Accepting Wife Beating in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia. Australasian Journal of Social Science, 6: 1-10.

DOI: 10.3923/aujss.2020.1.10

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=aujss.2020.1.10

 
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