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Domestic Violence and Family Life as Experienced by Turkish Immigrant Women in Germany

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Domestic Violence and Family Life as Experienced by Turkish Immigrant Women in Germany (1996, English)

This study is based on empirical information on the family life of Turkish immigrant women living in Berlin, as well as their experiences of domestic violence and the strategies they have developed against it. In Europe, there is a general stereotype of Muslim women as having very low decision-making power in the family and being exposed to more domestic violence than their Western counterparts. This paper argues that, contrary to popular belief, women from Muslim or Eastern societies develop and apply various strategies to wield decision-making power at home and stand up to the violence in their daily lives, just as much as other women despite the drawbacks which result from their immigrant status.

Pınar İlkkaracan
Istanbul, 1996. Reprint 1999.

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