Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Women's Studies and Gender Studies
This study looks at how domestic violence is conceptualized by the research studies on
Asian Indian immigrant communities in the United States through different periods of time, and
how sociocultural factors are associated with domestic violence. Using the meta-synthesis
descriptive method, I analyzed and interpreted the findings of four research studies conducted
between 1995-2016 that included in-depth interviews with Asian Indian immigrant women who
experienced domestic violence. The analysis focuses on changes of the patterns of abuse, helping behavior, and leaving the abusive marriage as an option. The changes in U.S. domestic
violence legislation and policy regarding immigration and domestic violence have had an impact
on Asian Indian women's behavior toward the DV to some extent, but stigma associated with
divorce, fear of being ostracized by the family and the Asian Indian community in the US as well
in India have had more impact on women's behavior.
Peja, Teuta, "Domestic Violence Among Asian Indian Immigrant Women in the United States" (2017). Master's Theses. 3699.
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