Great information Melina, also, according to Asian Nation, many barriers prevent Asian American women from receiving the help that they need to escape domestic abuse. Perhaps the most damaging is the tradition and legacy of male dominance and patriarchy within almost all Asian cultures. This leads to the implicit assumption that women are the property of men and that they should always be subservient to men. As a result of this insidious cultural belief, a pervasive pattern of denial among the community that domestic violence is not a problem or that it should be kept private prevents Asian American women from speaking out and trying to stop the abuse. Because of these barriers within our own community, women are made to feel that it’s their fault that their partner is abusing them or that they deserve it. This problem is further compounded by social and health services that are not “culturally competent” — they are not properly trained to understand the specific cultural needs of Asian American women, especially immigrants. Also, many agencies do not have staff, materials, or other resources in different Asian languages for those who are not fluent in English. Finally, Asian American victims of domestic abuse sometimes have to deal with insensitive law enforcement and court systems that minimize their suffering and rights to receive justice. (Asian Nation, 2016)
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