Domestic Violence in Cross-border Marriage - A Case Study from Taiwan

Lucy Williams, Mei Kuei yu

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This paper is concerned with the incidence of domestic violence among women in cross-border marriage, and uses Taiwan as a case study to illustrate some issues that make migrant women vulnerable to violence in the home. Throughout, we use the example of Taiwan to describe a gendered form of migration that is now a global phenomenon, and we use the phrase ‘women in cross-border marriage‘ to identify women whose migration to Taiwan has been facilitated by marriage to Taiwanese citizens. We also look at the intersection between domestic violence and cross-border marriage migration, and discuss how the experiences of domestic violence for migrant women may differ from the experiences of women in general. We consider the experience of migration as a risk factor for domestic violence and, finally, consider some issues for services working with women in cross-border marriage and look at some of the ways Taiwan has developed services to meet the needs of migrant women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-69
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-border marriage
  • Domestic violence
  • Intercultural marriage
  • Migration
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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