In God's Shadow: Unveiling the Hidden World of Victims of Domestic Violence in Observant Religious Communities

11 Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy 471 (2014)

U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-27

80 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2013 Last revised: 9 Aug 2014

Michal Gilad

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Date Written: September 25, 2013

Abstract

In recent years, the phenomenon of domestic violence was elevated to the infamous status of a "global epidemic" infesting our society. Despite continuous efforts by law and policy makers to combat this adverse phenomenon affecting 1 in every 3 women around the globe, the problem persists to thrive among us.

Despite this widespread distribution of the phenomenon across society, not all victims are confronted with the same set of challenges in their way to freedom from the chains of violence and abuse. Domestic violence victims of closely knit and observant religious communities is a particular group that faces a distinct set of barriers, which affect their ability and willingness to report, escape the abuse, and cooperate with law enforcement and prosecution agents.

This article aims to provide a unique and fascinating window into the hidden world of domestic violence victims in communities of faith, and to untangle some of the complexities associated with this sensitive issue. This additional layer of knowledge is a vital element in enhancing our ability to implement and promote programs and policies to combat the adverse phenomenon of domestic violence.

Keywords: Religion, domestic violence, gender, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Criminal Law, prosecution, victim, advocacy

Suggested Citation

Gilad, Michal, In God's Shadow: Unveiling the Hidden World of Victims of Domestic Violence in Observant Religious Communities (September 25, 2013). 11 Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy 471 (2014); U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2331015 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2331015

Michal Gilad (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

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