Impact of Sources of Strengths on Coping and Safety of Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Bushra Sabri, Karissa Avignon, Sarah Murray, Veronica P.S. Njie-Carr, Anna Marie Young, Amelia Noor-Oshiro, Joyell Arscott, Jill Messing, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a national and international public health and human rights concern. Immigrant women are disproportionately affected by IPV that includes homicides. This study explored the perspectives of survivors of IPV, who are immigrants to the United States, regarding their sources of strength that enhance their safety and promote coping in abusive relationships. Data for this qualitative study were collected from ethnically diverse immigrant women residing in Massachusetts, Arizona, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York, Minnesota, and California, using purposive and snowball sampling techniques. Eighty-three in-depth interviews were conducted with adult immigrant survivors of IPV who self-identified as Asian (n = 30), Latina (n = 30), and African (n = 23). Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Women identified both external (e.g., community support, support from social service agencies) and internal (e.g., optimism, faith, beliefs) sources of strength. The study highlights how these sources can adequately address needs of survivors and offers areas for improvement in services for survivors. The findings are informative for practitioners serving immigrant survivors of IPV in legal, social service, and physical and mental health settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • coping
  • economic justice
  • immigrant
  • intimate partner violence
  • mezzo
  • research categories
  • safety
  • social work practice
  • social work/social welfare history and philosophy
  • strengths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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