The Extent and Nature of Family Violence and Female Offending in Saudi Arabia

By Maha Alluhaibi.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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While western literature contains many studies on juvenile delinquency, research on juvenile delinquency in Arab societies, in general, and in Saudi society, in particular, is rare. While a link between family violence and juvenile offending has been supported by several western studies, there is less known about the risk factors associated with family violence, which might produce delinquent outcomes. The research aims to establish: 1. The extent and nature of family violence and delinquency among juvenile females (12 to 18 years old) in Saudi Arabia. 2. Whether there is a link between experiencing or witnessing family violence and later offending. 3. The risk and protective factors that might be associated with the link between family violence and delinquency. The present study uses a survey-based approach using a self-completion questionnaire, which is distributed to two groups of girls in Makkah city, aged from twelve to eighteen years. The first group was drawn from the SPC (Social Protection Centre). It consisted of young females who had been exposed to family violence during their lifespan. The second group was selected from girls at intermediate and secondary schools.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia, Female Offender, Family Violence, Risk and Protective Factors

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 12, pp.69-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 827.457KB).

Maha Alluhaibi

PhD Student, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Maha Alluhaibi received a BSc. in Social Work from Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia in 2002 and a M.Sc. Health and Social Care from University of Huddersfield, UK in 2008. Maha Alluhaibi worked as a social worker in the Al-Fdal Private School in Saudi Arabia for one year from 2003–2004 and has worked as a social consultant at the Centre for Family Consultation for six months from Jan. 2004 to July 2004. Maha Alluhaibi currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia, and has been working here since Oct. 2004. Maha Alluhaibi’s research interests include: Women crime, family violence, child abuse, and family therapy.


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