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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies

First Advisor

Julie Kingling


discipline aspect, intimate partner violence, women, cultural influence, Sudanese refugees, male attitudes


This study examines the impact of Sudanese traditions on domestic violence among Sudanese refugees in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The main argument is based on assumption that Sudanese refugee males justify the use of traditional discipline, including psychological and physical abuse, to control their partners. Another assumption indicates that factors such as education, employment, refugee status, resettlement challenges, and language and cultural barriers, as well as challenges of coping and adaptation influence the attitudes of males toward partner violence. These factors exacerbate the existing vulnerability that these women experienced both in refugee camps abroad and during their resettlement in the United States. The study used a qualitative methodological approach consisting of in-depth interviews that aimed to gather general experiences and perceptions of Sudanese community members in Sioux Falls on intimate partner violence. The findings indicate that there are aspects of Sudanese traditions that influence the attitudes of male partners in the Sudanese refugee community which exacerbate intimate partner violence among these community members. The findings also indicate that the aforementioned factors influence the attitudes of refugee males toward intimate partner violence in this community.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Intimate partner violence
Sudanese Americans -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls
Refugees -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls


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South Dakota State University



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