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Help-Seeking Behaviors of South Asian Women Experiencing Domestic Violence in the United States

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This study used survey methodology and logistic regression analysis to examine sociocultural factors (isolation, social support, acculturation, and patriarchy) associated with informal and formal help seeking among a community sample of 57 female domestic violence victims of South Asian origin residing in the United States. Of them, 35 (61%) reported seeking some type of help in the past year. Most of the 35 (60%) sought informal help. Participants who were more isolated from their spouse/partner and were not living with children were more likely to seek help. Most women said they sought help from others as a last option. Participants rated the effectiveness of many informal and formal sources of help as "moderately" to "very" helpful. The findings can be used to develop culturally specific intervention programs/services for South Asian women victims of domestic violence.
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Keywords: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; HELP-SEEKING; ISOLATION; PARTNER ABUSE; SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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