Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities: Issues for Policy and Practice

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Aisha Gill, Ravi Thiara
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Oct 15, 2009 - Social Science - 256 pages
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While forced marriage and 'honour-based' violence attract media attention, little is known about the issues and experiences of South Asian women and children who are affected by gendered violence. This book explores the key theoretical and empirical issues involved in gendered violence, ethnicity and South Asian communities. The editors draw together leading researchers and practitioners to provide a critical reflection of contemporary debates and consider how these reflections can inform policy, research and practice. The contributors consider the primacy of religion and culture, and how South Asian women face multiple and intersecting forms of violence. Future directions for facilitating improved services for survivors of violence against women from different racial and ethnic backgrounds are also proposed. Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities will have widespread relevance for professional academics, researchers, students, policy makers, practitioners and anyone concerned with gendered violence within South Asian communities.
 

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Contents

Introduction
14
What It Means for Practice
28
2 Charting South Asian Womens Struggles against Genderbased Violence
55
Transnational Perspectives
80
Asian Women at the Intersect of Race Religion and Gender
103
Constructing a VictimFriendly Human Rights Approach to Forced Marriage in the UK
129
Child Contact and Postseparation Violence
156
Gender and Justice in the Shadow of the Law
182

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Ravi K Thiara is Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-being at the University of Warwick, UK. Aisha K Gill is Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences & Business at Roehampton University, UK.

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