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5-11-2020

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According to the World Health Organization (2017) the United Nations defines domestic violence as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life. The prevalence of domestic violence (DV) is higher among the South Asian population living in the US as compared to the general population. For example, in the US, the lifetime prevalence of DV is around 20% (Devries et al., 2013), however, within the South Asian population domestic violence, accounting for physical and sexual abuse, is a staggering 40% (Mahaptra, 2012; Raj & Silverman, 2002). This research study explores the lived experiences, supports, barriers, and access to services among South Asian survivors of domestic violence. Using an in-depth interviewing method with eight women, this study explores the cultural, social, financial, and immigration related barriers that South Asian women experience while navigating domestic violence. This research will also better inform policy makers of the prevalence of violence in South Asian communities.

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Exploring Community Supports For South Asian Women Experiencing Domestic Violence: Narratives From Survivors

According to the World Health Organization (2017) the United Nations defines domestic violence as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life. The prevalence of domestic violence (DV) is higher among the South Asian population living in the US as compared to the general population. For example, in the US, the lifetime prevalence of DV is around 20% (Devries et al., 2013), however, within the South Asian population domestic violence, accounting for physical and sexual abuse, is a staggering 40% (Mahaptra, 2012; Raj & Silverman, 2002). This research study explores the lived experiences, supports, barriers, and access to services among South Asian survivors of domestic violence. Using an in-depth interviewing method with eight women, this study explores the cultural, social, financial, and immigration related barriers that South Asian women experience while navigating domestic violence. This research will also better inform policy makers of the prevalence of violence in South Asian communities.