A report in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday, April 24, 2005, cited cultural issues among women in the Asian community in southeastern Michigan – one of the fastest growing immigrant populations – as a reason why domestic violence is so rarely reported. Cultural expectations – that a woman is lucky to be married and must keep quiet about anything her husband does to her – often prevent Asian and Asian-American women from speaking openly about domestic abuse and from seeking help through mainstream channels.
Although a nationwide study of domestic violence published in 2000 by the National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that domestic violence occurred with much less frequency in Asian and Asian-American families, experts now say that the statistics really represent underreporting.
The Free Press article related the story of a Korean woman – a professional – who endured 11 years of violence before she was able to escape.
There are many agencies available to help women in Asian and Asian-American families to escape and/or to prevent family violence. See, for example:
Domestic violence resources ·
Tel. 415-954-9988, ext. 315 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If you need crisis help ·
24-hour line: 888-664-8624
24-hour line: 248-334-1274
24-hour line: 734-995-5444
Detroit Police Department Rape Counseling Center and Domestic Violence
24-hour lines: 313-833-1660 or 313-833-9813
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