Issues in Intervention with Battered Women in Collectivist Societies

Authors


  • Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, PhD, and Elisheva Sadan, PhD, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Address correspondence to Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus 91905, Jerusalem, Israel; E-mail: mshajyah@mscc.huji.ac.il

Abstract

Over the past three decades, several models for individual and group intervention with battered women have been developed. The common assumption underlying all of these models is that violence and abuse are never appropriate in an intimate relationship, and that battered women have a basic right to safety, which is not negotiable. Because almost all of those models were developed in the individualistic contexts of Western societies, some questions and concerns have been raised as to their suitability for intervention with battered women in collectivist contexts. In this article, we explore the characteristics of collectivist societies based on the conceptual framework of Triandis, Brislin, and Hui, (1988) which focuses on five dimensions: the self, attitudes, values, activities, and behaviors. Furthermore, we explore each of those dimensions and their relevance to various aspects of wife abuse in collectivist societies, such as the way that battered women cope with violence against them, and possibilities for professional intervention.

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