The role of religion in domestic violence and abuse in UK Muslim communities

Chowdhury, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5974-7190, 2023. The role of religion in domestic violence and abuse in UK Muslim communities. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. ISSN 2047-0770

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Existing research on the role of faith in the aftermath of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) often fails to adequately situate the role played by religion throughout the DVA trajectory. This article draws on qualitative research conducted with 10 Muslim female survivors and 9 professionals providing support in DVA cases to investigate the nature, occurrence, and impact of DVA within Muslim religious communities. This article specifically explores the role of religion at four levels; individual psycho-social-spiritual level, the level of additional stakeholders, within the context of intersectionality, and at a macro-societal level. It is argued that religion and practice of faith plays a nuanced role at each of these levels. The research found that holistic approaches to faith resulted in faith manifesting as an empowering resource for DVA survivors. Reductionist and androcentric approaches to faith however resulted in the enabling and continuation of abuse and abusive structures. Findings indicate the need for service provision to provide tailored and culturally informed support to Muslim clients, particularly in relation to faith. The web model of DVA provides a structured framework through which this can be achieved.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion
Creators: Chowdhury, R.
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date: 17 July 2023
ISSN: 2047-0770
Rights: © The Author(s) 2023. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Jul 2023 08:38
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 08:38

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