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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(3), 37;

Domestic Violence against Albanian Immigrant Women in Greece: Facing Patriarchy

Department of Justice Studies, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 30 May 2016 / Revised: 11 July 2016 / Accepted: 26 July 2016 / Published: 1 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Backlash: Contemporary Obstructions to Social Justice)
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Immigration is becoming an increasingly important policy concern in Europe and in many other nations. Importantly, there is an ever-growing number of women who migrate, many of whom are undocumented. Violence against immigrant women is nearly impossible to estimate. However, immigrant women who are abused face multiple barriers to seeking legal protection from the abuse as a result of their migration status, their positions within family and the host country. This paper examines the issues related to intimate partner violence within the Albanian immigrant community in Greece. It explores how the situation in Greek society and the labor market (such as social policies, xenophobic attitudes, job segregation and the prevailing economic crisis) changed the traditional gender roles and distribution of the power within Albanian families and increased intimate partner violence (IPV). The study found evidence of an increase in IPV in the aftermath of the economic crisis, which could be explained by the ideology of familial patriarchy. Battered immigrant women also face challenges in the Greek criminal justice system, which is also influenced by patriarchal values, when they are seeking relief and assistance in cases of interpersonal violence. View Full-Text
Keywords: Greece; migration; Albania; gender; immigrant women; intimate partner violence Greece; migration; Albania; gender; immigrant women; intimate partner violence
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Poteyeva, M.; Wasileski, G. Domestic Violence against Albanian Immigrant Women in Greece: Facing Patriarchy. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 37.

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