currently conducting research on domestic violence and South Asian women
in conjunction with the Survey and Statistical Research Canter. The research,
funded by National Lottery Charity Board, will be completed by the end
of year 2001.
There has been a growth in the number of refuges for Asian women and their children in Britain. Although all women suffering domestic violence share similarities in their experiences, the dimension of culture and racism may present further difficulties for South Asian women.
Key Research Objectives
The primary objectives of this research are to investigate
Methods and approach
Stage One - The literature review
The main findings from the literature review are:
The responses of statutory
agencies are often inadequate. Many refrain from intervention for fear
of being perceived as being racist. Multiculturalism has been used as
a means of ignoring the rights and dignity of South Asian women.
Stage Two - The Women's Experiences
An initial contact with women in a refuge will be followed by one further interview a month later.
Stage Three - Review of Provision
The research will also involve interviews with refuge managers/support staff to identify the range of support that is available.
Stage Four - Analysis of the Results