Help-Seeking Behaviors of South Asian Women Experiencing Domestic Violence in the United States
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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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2013
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