The Meaning of Choosing a Spouse Among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women Who Found Themselves in a Violent Relationship

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Abstract

This research note addresses how ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Israel coping with intimate partner violence experienced the spouse selection process. In-depth semistructured qualitative–phenomenological interviews were conducted with 17 women. Four major themes emerged: (a) “The matchmaker seemingly fell asleep on her watch”; (b) The parents’ mistakes; (c) “The rabbi told me to jump into the water. Now he should hand me the paddles to get out!” The rabbi’s role; and (d) “That’s it.. I follow it blindly”: The system. The findings add to the professional knowledge about violent partnerships in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-744
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2018

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Keywords

  • intimate partner violence
  • qualitative research
  • ultra-Orthodox Jews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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