Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Australia

A Snapshot of Muslim Survivors

Nafiseh Ghafournia, Patricia EASTEAL

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jul 2019


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