October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence (DV), also known as intimate partner violence, is experienced by 16-55% of Asian American women in their lifetime. This violence can be physical/sexual, psychological or emotional abuse, financial control and coercion, expose children to family violence, lead to attitudes about violence, and result in stalking, trafficking and homicide. The good news is that this can be prevented.
With generous support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation and together with seven of our community partners, AAPI Equity Alliance piloted the Domestic Violence Prevention Project. This project explored risk and protective factors around DV, particularly around gender roles, intergenerational family dynamics, intimate relationships, and approaches to child-rearing in four Asian American communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Korean and South Asian.