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Domestic Violence in the Caribbean: Are Our Solutions Effective?

Jacqueline H. Stephenson ()
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Jacqueline H. Stephenson: University of the West Indies

Chapter Chapter 2 in Gender and Domestic Violence in the Caribbean, 2021, pp 9-22 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract Domestic violence is referred to variously in the literature as intimate partner violence and/or family violence. It describes incidents and/or patterns of violence, threatening or controlling behaviour, in an intimate relationship, committed by one party against another (Kelly & Westmarland, 2016; Myhill & Johnson, 2015; Powell & Smith, 2011), which in turn, may constitute physical, sexual, economic, emotional and psychological abuse (Fahmy & Abd El Rahman, 2008). The Caribbean region has been described as patriarchal in nature and this has been noted as one of the antecedents of the acceptance of the perpetuation of domestic violence against women, as a societal norm (Hosein, 2018; Le Franc et al., 2008; Sutton & Alvarez in How safe are Caribbean homes for women and children? Attitudes toward intimate partner violence and corporal punishment. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, 2016). This chapter explores the effect of domestic violence on the victims and examines the available remedies, within the context of the English-speaking Caribbean, of eliminating and/or reducing the incidence of domestic violence.

Keywords: Domestic violence; Intimate partner violence; Family violence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73472-5_2

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