Project AWARE was a detailed needs assessment completed with Asian survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) who were either current or former clients of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP). The assessment was conducted from October 2012 – October 2013. Twenty-nine women were surveyed and nine were interviewed in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. These women provided valuable information on their experiences of IPV, experiences with services, and barriers to service access.
Key Findings: Participants’ Experiences of IPV
- Emotional and psychological abuse (not physical) were the leading forms of abuse.
- Nearly 1 in 5 women felt suicidal at some point.
- 75% of participants reported suffering from anxiety related to IPV, and 71% experienced depression.
- 72% of women reported having been sexually abused by their partners.
- Of the 20 participants who had children, half of these women reported that children were present during some, or many, of the abusive incidents.
- 72% of participants reported that they do not have their own family in the D.C. area.
- Over half of the participants believed that abuse by the woman’s in-laws were a ‘somewhat common’ to ‘very common’ experience for Asian women. 35% of the participants stated that they knew of a woman who is being abused by her in-laws.