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Violence against South Asian women and girls: A lifetime spiral of gender violence

Anuradha Sharma, MA, Sociomedical Sciences, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, 10401 Grosvenor Place, #517, Grosvenor Park III, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-897-3445, as434@columbia.edu

Domestic violence is just one amongst many forms of violence against women. From the aborting of female fetuses to intimate homicide, girls and women can encounter numerous oppressions during infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and as elders. Some of these are confined to one stage in the lifecycle, some continue into subsequent stages. Violence against women is more than physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuse; it is also about living in a climate of fear, misery, loss, mistrust, humiliation and despair. The lives of abused Asian and South Asian women and girls are shadowed by the cultural burdens of shame and devaluation. These abuses are experienced in the context of additional oppressions based on race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, type of labor being performed, level of education, class position, disability, or immigration/refugee status. (APIIDV, 2002)

This session will begin with a discussion of the continuum of violence experienced by South Asian women and girls, including domestic violence, sexual assault and incest and child sexual abuse. In addition, it will cover current research on violence against South Asian women and girls, as well as community organizing efforts and programs/services for South Asian women and girls in crisis. Finally, the presentation will address strategies for public health, medical, nursing, social work and other health professionals to engage in ending violence against South Asian women and girls, and make available resources from the national Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence.

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Keywords: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

Related Web page: www.apiahf.org/apidvinstitute/

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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