This study examines the prevalence of domestic violence, mental health outcomes and help-seeking behaviors among a cross section of 155 South Asians that participated in an anonymous survey. The findings indicate that 31% of the participants experienced some form of domestic violence; physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse and about 88% of those abused experienced emotional abuse. Results indicate that the abused participants experienced mental health symptoms of sleeplessness, frequent crying spells, panic, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, high stress, bouts of uncontrollable anger and loneliness. The results emphasize culturally sensitive services that address domestic violence as well as mental health symptoms should be made available and accessible to South Asians in the United States of America.
Bhandari, Shreya and Millner, Uma Chandrika
"Prevalence of Domestic Violence and Mental Health Symptoms among South Asian women in the United States,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
5, Article 13.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss5/13