American Univesity of Beirut

“Hitting as Light as Feathers”: Religious Leaders’ Voices on Domestic Violence

​​​​​

Domestic violence (DV) is described as a major public health issue that negatively affects women's physical, mental, reproductive, and sexual health. In Lebanon, there are 18 religious sects that are allowed by the Lebanese constitution to manage their own affairs, judge, legislate, and issue rulings. 

These laws discriminate against married women and favor men over women. With the aim to explore the views and attitudes of religious leaders on DV, and their experiences of dealing with DV in Lebanon, a team of researchers from the American University of Beirut including the chair of the Health Promotion and Community Health Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences Dr. Jihad Makhoul, conducted in-depth interviews with 13 male religious leaders from various religious denominations. Each religious leader participated in an in-depth interview to assess understanding and perceptions about DV, and how DV cases are usually dealt with. 

To read the full study please click HERE.

Contact Us

For various questions, please try contacting us via social media first!
read more

Privacy Statement

We take data privacy seriously and adhere to all applicable data privacy laws and regulations.
read more

Copyright and Disclaimer

Written permission is needed to copy or disseminate all or part of the materials on the AUB website.
read more

Title IX, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Discriminatory Harassment

AUB is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment to all members of its community.
read more