Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Australia: A Snapshot of Muslim Survivors

Nafiseh Ghafournia and Patricia Easteal (2019) Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Australia: A Snapshot of Muslim Survivors, Journal of Interpersonal Violence DOI:10.1177/0886260519863722

31 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2019

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Nafiseh Ghafournia

Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney,

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: July 25, 2019

Abstract

There has been significant research on women’s experiences of domestic violence (DV) as well as on the women’s help-seeking behaviors when living with partner abuse. Most of the Australian literature has focused on nonimmigrant women. We know that help seeking can include informal sources such as family, friends, religious leaders, and colleagues or formal assistance from police, doctors, social workers, counselors, and DV agencies. The current study aims to contribute to the literature on help seeking by looking at what has been found concerning immigrant DV survivors and complementing that with interview material from a sample of 14 Muslim immigrant DV survivors in New South Wales. First, we look at barriers that these women may encounter in seeking help and the non-help-seeking strategies they may employ. We then see what may trigger seeking help (including before and after leaving the abusers). Next, we look at how the two types of help seeking are used to better understand the positives and negatives of these pathways. This article ends with some suggestions for developing more appropriate and targeted strategies to assist abused immigrant DV survivors and their children.

Keywords: cultural contexts, battered women, domestic violence, disclosure of domestic violence, perceptions of domestic violence, Muslim immigrant women

JEL Classification: K 49, K39, K37

Suggested Citation

Ghafournia, Nafiseh and Easteal, Patricia L., Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Australia: A Snapshot of Muslim Survivors (July 25, 2019). Nafiseh Ghafournia and Patricia Easteal (2019) Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Australia: A Snapshot of Muslim Survivors, Journal of Interpersonal Violence DOI:10.1177/0886260519863722 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3426276

Nafiseh Ghafournia

Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

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