The Effects Of Domestic Violence In South Asian Women

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Introduction Domestic violence has been recognized as a major social problem in Canada. According to Statistics Canada there are approximately 653,000 women in Canada that have experienced some form of domestic violence (Allagia & Maiter, 2006). While the women’s movement of 1970’s was instrumental in raising awareness about the issue of domestic violence among women in general (Landau, 2006), it failed to take into account the concerns of racially marginalized immigrant women (Chokshi, Desai & Adamali, 2009; Dasgupta, 2000). The experience of domestic violence is complex and further amplified in the case of racially marginalized South Asian immigrant women due to the multiple identities adorned by them on the basis of race, culture and gender (Ammar, Orloff, Dutton & Hass, 2012). Several researchers have examined domestic violence as primarily being a gender led oppression that is founded in the generally patriarchal led South Asian family (Goel, 2005; Raj & Silverman 2002; Dasgupta, 2000). …show more content…
Hence my thesis statement for this essay is that an anti-oppressive approach via intersectional feminist theory is essential to working with racially marginalized immigrant South Asian women experiencing domestic violence (Ono, 2013; Sokoloff & Dupont, 2005; Razack, 2003; Sharma, …show more content…
According to Statistics Canada (2005) existence of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of married or common-law partners is approximately 29% for the Canadian women. Of all these women who were covered by the survey, 15% admitted to being at the receiving end of the violence at some point of their relationship and 5% of these admitted to being abused in previous one year in the relationship. These statistics help put into context the expanse and prevalence of abuse via domestic violence in the Canadian

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