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Violence & Reproductive Health: A Panel Discussion
 

Violence & Reproductive Health: A Panel Discussion

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by Saima Husain, South Asian Network

by Saima Husain, South Asian Network
Melodie Kruspodin, Peace Over Violence
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Linda McFarlane, Just Detention International

April 29, 2013

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    • Domestic Violence in theDomestic Violence in the South Asian American communitySouth Asian American community This project is supported by Grant No. 2011-UW-AX-0014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    • South Asian NetworkSouth Asian Network • SAN is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin living in Southern California. • Founded 1990 • Focus on Health, Civil Rights, & Violence Prevention • Community outreach, education, organizing, collaboration and policy advocacy • Located in Artesia, CA, known as “Little India”
    • AWAZAWAZ -- Voices Against ViolenceVoices Against Violence • SAN’s Anti-Violence Unit Founded in 2001 • Developed out of community need • AWAZ, meaning “voice” in multiple South Asian languages, works on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking • Served over 1600 individuals – men, women, and children • Our survivors ages range from 2-75 years
    • Thinking BroadlyThinking Broadly…… • We see gender violence as a systemic issue, one rooted in causes that are not based on an “individual” but societal concerns • Use an awareness raising, arts-based programs that allows for community consciousness and community healing, covers a range of topics like: sexuality, gender roles, Bollywood perceptions, etc. • In 2006, we conducted trainings with men on how Bollywood movies shape gender role socialization • In 2007, we did YKB, collecting community stories about “vaginas” and concerns of sexuality • In 2011, we conducted community workshops on the role of women in Bollywood movies • In 2012, SAN started working on various violence-prevention workshops and parenting groups with religious and community centers to educate youth and adults for make violence-free choices for themselves and others
    • Lifetime spiral of gender violence From the aborting of female fetuses to intimate homicide, girls and women may encounter numerous oppressions during infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and as elders. Some of these are confined to one stage in the lifecycle, some continue into subsequent stages. The Lifetime Spiral reveals patterns of victimization by enumerating the types of violence, vulnerabilities, and harms women and girls face. It also implicitly shows the presence of different abusers located over the life course. A grandmother may withhold nutritious food for a baby girl, a brother may perpetrate incest, a priest may molest a teen girl, a father may insist on a forced marriage, a college student may date rape a classmate, a co-worker may engage in sexual harassment, a husband may batter during pregnancy, a brother- or sister-in-law may stalk, an ex- boyfriend may kill, a community may ostracize homosexuals, a family may silence or shame. In addition to physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuses; violence is about living in a climate of fear, shame, coercive control, and devaluation. It is often experienced in the context of additional oppressions based on race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, type of labor performed, level of education, class position, disability, and immigration or refugee status. Raising awareness about the historical nature of gender violence confronts victim-blaming, informs advocacy, and empowers survivors.
    • Patterns & Dynamics of AbusePatterns & Dynamics of Abuse
    • Domestic Violence StatisticsDomestic Violence Statistics Worldwide 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence during their lifetime
    • Domestic Violence StatisticsDomestic Violence Statistics A woman is more likely to be injured, raped or killed by a current or former partner than by any other person.
    • Domestic Violence StatisticsDomestic Violence Statistics • In the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics women are about six times as likely as men to experience intimate partner violence • In the US, a woman is beaten every 18 minutes and raped every 6 minutes. More women are injured in domestic violence incidents than in car accidents, rapes, and muggings put together
    • Domestic Violence StatisticsDomestic Violence Statistics • Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rates of domestic violence • 1 in 3 teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse
    • Domestic Violence StatisticsDomestic Violence Statistics In a study in the Asian American community, 41-60% of respondents have reported experiencing domestic violence (physical and/or sexual) during their lifetime
    • Domestic Violence StatisticsDomestic Violence Statistics A Raj and Silverman study of South Asian women in Boston found that 40.8% of the participants reported that they had been physically and/or sexually abused in some way by their current male partners in their lifetime; 36.9% reported having been victimized in the past year. 65% of the women reporting physical abuse also reported sexual abuse
    • Domestic Violence StatisticsDomestic Violence Statistics A SAN and UCLA study in 2004 found that 58% of men and 48% of women in the South Asian community said they personally know a victim of domestic violence
    • What role does AWAZ play?What role does AWAZ play? • Offer full spectrum of services aimed at the safety and empowerment of survivors of violence • Provide services to survivors of violence across Southern California from Lancaster to San Diego, From Fresno to San Bernardino, across states: from New York to Texas to Oregon • As well as internationally to transnational abandoned survivors • Over 20 specific interventions as offered, including safety planning, assistance in the area of immigration and family law, individual and family therapy, support groups, interpretation, shelter placement, court accompaniment, financial assistance, skill building, etc • Since 2004, AWAZ has conducted regular support groups with survivors using art, writing, and yoga as a tool for healing and promoting mental and physical health • Many survivors of violence have been able to return to school, find gainful employment, learn how to drive, and be financially independent
    • Prevention throughPrevention through…… • Raising awareness about domestic violence through a broad media campaign • Collaboration with religious and community leaders in conducting workshops and parenting classes in religious and community spaces • Offering pre-marital counseling to young women • Conducting support groups and art workshops with children and youth
    • ““Respect and Love are Key inRespect and Love are Key in Any RelationshipAny Relationship”” - Survivor’s Support Group AWAZ’s first Public Service Announcement
    • Together we can StopTogether we can Stop Domestic ViolenceDomestic Violence AWAZ’s second Public Service Announcement
    • Questions?Questions? Saima Husain Deputy Director Saima@southasiannetwork.orgSaima@southasiannetwork.org 562562--403403--0488 x 1130488 x 113 www.southasiannetwork.orgwww.southasiannetwork.org