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NCJ Number: 228967 Find in a Library
Title: Spiritual Abuse: An Additional Dimension of Abuse Experienced by Abused Haredi (Ultraorthodox) Jewish Wives
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:11  Dated:November 2009  Pages:1294-1310
Author(s): Nicole Dehan; Zipi Levi
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses spiritual abuse as an additional dimension to physical, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse experienced by Haredi Jewish wives.
Abstract: This article broadens existing discussion of wife abuse, formerly discussed in four dimensions: physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and economic abuse, to include an additional category of spiritual abuse of religious Jewish women. The awareness of the occurrence of wife abuse in Haredi society is recent, requiring research to better understand and address culturally specific aspects of wife abuse in this population. The study was conducted using the interpretive participatory action research method. A group of eight abused Haredi wives met with the researcher and an abuse coordinator over a period of 12 months. The concept of spiritual abuse arose during the course of the sessions, with the researcher describing three levels of typology. The study conceptualizes spiritual abuse as another dimension of wife abuse in its own right, thus enlarging the existing body of theory on abuse, and developing a definition and typology for further discussion and research. Notes and references
Main Term(s): Abused women; Ethnicity
Index Term(s): Abused spouse profiles; Domestic violence causes; Ethnic groups
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