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Public Policy and Administration


Benedict DeDominicis


Domestic violence is a global issue and is one of the most widespread violations to human rights. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine strategies applied by 3 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to sustain and develop women's human rights. The theoretical foundation for this study was based on Sabatier and Jerkins' advocacy coalition framework and Jones and McBeth's theory of narrative policy. The research question was focused on the influence Lebanese laws have on domestic violence in supporting NGOs in promoting women's human rights. A case study design was used to answer the research question and in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 participants each from 3 selected NGOs. Data from the transcripts were analyzed using hand coding and analysis for emergent themes. The interviews and the reflective notes were organized based on how the participants perceived domestic violence and to what extent the existing laws enabled them to reduce the effect of domestic violence on society. The findings revealed that despite laws, women in Lebanon still suffer from domestic violence due to the patriarchal and confessional system, and this affects women's psychological and social lives. Recommendations include establishing a Google page that supports domestic violence victims and having NGOs provide preventative programs as well as counseling for men and women because domestic violence is a social problem. The implications for social change include informing policy makers of the importance of the issue, which increases awareness and can lead to new ways to reduce the effects of domestic violence.