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Iranian New Zealander men’s perception of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a significant social issue in both Iran and New Zealand. Ethnic migrants have a high risk of experiencing domestic violence and have distinct needs compared to the local population. The purpose of this study was to explore domestic violence in the context of migration, through Iranian migrant men’s perceptions. The participants were recruited through social media or by word of mouth through other participants. The research aimed to obtain a deep understanding of factors and experiences that shaped Iranian migrant men’s views on domestic abuse. Seven semi-structured phone and face to face interviews were conducted in both Persian and English when appropriate. The key findings indicated that men were aware of the detrimental effects and the multifaceted nature of domestic violence. However, they showed more tolerance toward non-physical forms of domestic abuse than physical. It was found that Iranian family hierarchy, parenting, and the religious and cultural customs of migrants had a major influence on men’s understanding of domestic violence. Cultural relativism was used to justify domestic violence to some extent. The men argued that migration had altered some of their beliefs and views on gender roles and violence against women in a significant way. Domestic violence was perceived to be a more severe problem in Iran than New Zealand. This study offers recommendations for policy, practice and prevention strategies regarding domestic violence in an Iranian migrant context.
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Ghaleiha, A. (2018). Iranian New Zealander men’s perception of domestic violence (Thesis, Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11770
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