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An intersectional approach to lived experiences of domestic and family violence within the Korean Diaspora of Australia

posted on 2023-02-16, 03:05 authored by Hyein ChoHyein Cho

This thesis examines the lived experiences of Korean diasporic women who have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australia. Using participant observation and interviews with 15 victim-survivors and 16 DFV-related practitioners and community volunteers, this thesis explores the Korean women’s transnational experiences of seeking support while simultaneously negotiating the patriarchal values and practices of their homes, community, diasporic society, and states. By applying an intersectional approach, the analysis shows how the lack of structural support, combined with other cultural and practical influences put them at greater risk for DFV and further complicate their decision to leave their violent relationships.


Principal supervisor

Carolyn Stevens

Additional supervisor 1

Andrea Whittaker

Additional supervisor 2

Andrew Jackson

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus location



Faculty of Arts