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Addressing cultural barriers to the provision of aid for victims of domestic violence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Domestic violence is a global issue, and despite awareness of the issue increasing, the prevalence to which women are being physically and mentally abused is increasing. This study aimed to qualitatively investigate the impact of cultural barriers on the provision of aid to victims of abuse from the perspectives of social workers within a domestic violence care organisation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Social workers within the organisation were interviewed to examine their personal experiences of working with clients from different cultural backgrounds and the results were analysed using the ecological model and the intersectional theory, as well as using earlier research conducted on the issue. The findings showed that the culture of a client can have an effect with regards to abused women seeking help, though the practices of the organisation were generally not impacted based on the cultural background of a client.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
Cultural barriers, domestic violence, ecological model, intersectional theory, Malaysia, social work
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-16832Archive number: SGSMKINSA-V14-4OAI: diva2:723473
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Available from: 2014-06-17 Created: 2014-06-10 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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