Domestic Violence: An Exploration of Wife Abuse in Thailand

Boonserm Hutabaedya

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    This study examines wife abuse in Thai families. It identifies the major causes and social effects, the responses of service agencies and critically analyses those responses. The result is the development of an alternative way to prevent and respond to domestic violence that is appropriate for Thailand. A qualitative research method was used with purposive sampling method to select participants. Abused wives, the respondents from service agencies, and the policy makers were interviewed by using semi-structured interviews. The data displayed in descriptions, tables, and figures.Thai women typically encounter more than one kind of abuse. Physical abuse is the most common kind of abuse, followed by psychological abuse. The key factors contributing to wife abuse were personal characteristics of the husband and cultural factors followed by economic, sexual and substance abuse triggers.The research acknowledges Thai society's efforts to establish broader public awareness on domestic violence and wife abuse and gender equality, empowering Thai women to be self-confident, socially and economically independent and equal with men before the law. New ways of considering domestic violence in Thailand can generate multidimensional intervention approaches that appropriately address the complexity of wife abuse. Community-based engagement and support can play a greater role in protecting and assisting victims and witness of wife abuse. The victims of abuse and families are central to any intervention and therefore their participation in program development is necessary.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Charles Sturt University
    • Osburn, Lynelle, Principal Supervisor
    • Doyle, Robert, Co-Supervisor, External person
    Award date04 Oct 2013
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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