LEEMA THOMAS-JOSEPH, Newsday Staff Writer February 4, 2007
According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, based in San Francisco, a nonprofit group that works to end violence against women and children around the world, up to 3 million women are physically abused annually by intimate partners in the United States. Also, according to a recent study cited by the group:
In New York City, 51 percent of intimate partner homicide victims were foreign-born.
Married immigrant women experience higher levels of physical and sexual abuse than unmarried immigrant women, 59.5 percent compared to 49.8 percent, respectively.
Abusers often use their partners' immigration status as a tool of control, forcing them to remain in the relationship.
More information on immigrant women and domestic abuse is at endabuse.org, the Family Violence Prevention Fund site.
STUDY ON SOUTH ASIANS
In a 2002 study about violence against South Asian women, published in the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association, Dr. Anita Raj of Boston University and Dr. Jay Silverman of Harvard University found:
Only 11 percent of those who suffered or continue to suffer from domestic abuse pursued some form of counseling, and 16 percent said they sometimes deserve to be abused by their male partners.
65 percent of the women reporting physical abuse also reported sexual abuse, and almost a third (30.4 percent) of those reporting sexual abuse reported injuries, some requiring medical attention.
No significant difference was found in the prevalence of domestic violence between arranged marriages and non-arranged marriages.
The study focused largely on immigrant women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal in the Greater Boston area.
Sakhi Helpline: 212-868-6741 sakhi.org
The Domestic Harmony Committee at The Islamic Center of Long Island 24 hour hotline: 516-942-2081 icliny.org/pages/page6.htm
Turning Point, a community- based, nonprofit organization addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training. Helpline: 718-883-9400 turningpoint-ny.org
Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline: 631-666-8833 sccadv.org
Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence 516-572-0700 Hotline: 516-542-0404 cadvnc.org
National Domestic Violence Hotline Hotline: 800-799-7233 ndvh.org