Experiences of Domestic Violence and Formal and Informal Help-seeking Among South Asian Women Expatriates in Dubai and/or in United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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This study focuses on domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence) in heterosexual relationships among women of South Asian origin (from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Maldives) who belong to a majority population living in Dubai (an Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and/or in UAE. The study has three major purposes. The first is to better understand sociocultural factors associated with domestic violence based on a community sample of South Asian women. The second purpose is to determine the extent of domestic violence among the sample. The third is to examine informal and formal help seeking behaviors among victims of domestic violence. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of University of Wyoming in September of 2012.

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