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NCJ Number: 230100 Find in a Library
Title: Barriers to Help-Seeking Among Immigrant African Women Survivors of Partner Abuse: Listening to Women's Own Voices
Journal: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma  Volume:18  Issue:8  Dated:December 2009  Pages:817-838
Author(s): Laura Ting; Subadra Panchanadeswaran
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 22
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study attempts to document immigrant African women's experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV), the barriers to help-seeking, and the complex decisionmaking processes of staying and leaving abusive relationships.
Abstract: Most studies in the United States documenting immigrant women's experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) have not included the perspectives of abused immigrant African women. This study utilized a phenomenological approach to explore help-seeking barriers and factors impacting decisions to leave an abusive relationship among 15 immigrant African women. Results from the qualitative analysis indicated that the culture of gender inequality and acceptance of gender violence were primary barriers. Self-blame, loyalty, concern for children, and lack of knowledge regarding abuse, services, and legal rights were additional barriers, along with structural factors such as finances, underemployment, and housing. Muslim African women also feared the additional stigma of being in polygamous relationships. Implications for practice and future research are discussed. Table and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Female victims; Females; Immigrants/Aliens; Survivors services; Victim services
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