Domestic Violence against Women and Girls in Vietnam from Social Cultural Perspectives


Dang Thi Hoa, Tran Thi Van Nuong and Bui Thi Huong Tram

Abstract: Domestic violence is one of the social problems that harm the victims physically and mentally. A social cultural analysis of domestic violence against women and girls in Vietnam after 10 years of implementation of the Laws on Domestic Violence and Gender Equality has been undertaken, employing data from a survey in five provinces of Vietnam in 2017. The paper examines the causes of violence acts, in which significant cases of violence against women and girls by family members derive from the views, stereotypes and symbols of gender roles and gender relations in Vietnamese families. In addition, urbanization, modernization, Confucianism and other social factors also make domestic violence more complex and dangerous. There are differences in domestic violence against women and girls in some ethnic minority groups.

Keywords: domestic violence, gender equality, women, girls, Vietnam.