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Voicing Challenges: South Asian Immigrant Women Speak Out about their Experiences of Domestic Violence and Access to Services

  • Author / Creator
    Aujla, Wendy
  • Domestic violence is often framed solely as a cultural and marginal problem within our society, despite its far-reaching impact on women from all racial backgrounds. Developing awareness for those affected necessitates reaching common ground on our thinking about abuse in ethno-cultural communities and how society can respond to this problem. Domestic violence exists in the South Asian community but continues to remain largely unaddressed due to it being underreported. This thesis focuses specifically on interviews conducted with South Asian immigrant women in Edmonton, Alberta, from December 2010 to April 2011. The seven participants disclose not only how abuse was experienced, but also their challenges in reporting and gaining access to services. The overarching power imbalance theory provides insight into the participants’ perceptions. Recommendations about the resources/services are offered to reduce the imbalances of power that exist.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3741S
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Sociology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Grekul, Jana (Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
    • Kaler, Amy (Sociology)