The health impacts of dowry abuse on South Asian communities in Australia


Dowry is a cultural tradition maintained by some migrant and refugee communities living in Australia. Dowry is practised in various cultures across the world and involves a ritualised tradition involving gift giving in the context of marriage.

Dowry abuse is a form of family violence in Australia that clinicians should consider in their practice.

This article deals with the practice of dowry in South Asian communities, including those living in Australia, where dowry typically involves the transfer of wealth from the bride’s family to the groom’s family.


Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key components of the perspective.
  • List main considerations for clinicians.


Authors: Manjula O'Connor and Amanda Lee

Article Type: Perspective

Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
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MBA: 1h : 0m
Social Determinants of Health
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Psychologist, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner
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