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.
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- intimate partner violence
- qualitative research
- ultra-Orthodox Jews
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science