Factors Related to Domestic Violence in Asia

The Conflict between Culture and Patriarchy

Jac Brown*

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    While most research on domestic violence (DV) has focused on the West, there is an increasing interest in DV in Asian countries. This article explores the extent of DV against women in areas where most of the research has been conducted, including South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. The factors associated with DV in the Asian region is explored through the Heise model that considers four levels of analysis, including personal factors, the microsystem, the exosystem, and the macrosystem. The analysis points to the importance of the patriarchal culture that is inextricably linked to culture that is resistant to change and must be addressed at a range of levels.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)828-837
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


    • Asia
    • Cross cultural
    • domestic violence
    • patriarchy

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