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Hidden numbers, hidden people: Family violence among South Asian Australians

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posted on 2024-06-20, 00:48 authored by HS De Silva, Stephane ShepherdStephane Shepherd, TE McEwan
AbstractInternational research suggests that migrants face additional challenges that may heighten their risk of experiencing family violence (FV). South Asians are one of Australia’s fastest growing immigrant populations—yet relatively little is known about their experiences of FV. This study sought to address this research gap by ascertaining what could be gleaned about FV experiences of Australian South Asians the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS). While prior versions of the PSS have been deemed non-representative of minority cultural groups, it remains the largest FV victimisation dataset in Australia, and undoubtedly would include information about South Asian Australians. Specifically this study examined the lifetime prevalence and 10-year incidence of most recent FV among South Asian-born (SAB) immigrants and compared these figures to Australian-born (AB) individuals. SAB Australians included in the PSS reported lower lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and a lower 10-year incidence of at least one type of FV (IPV and/or non-partner FV) than AB Australians. The sampling approach of the PSS was shown to have substantial methodological limitations that reduced the utility of these findings. Specifically, the sampling of South Asian immigrants in Australia was not demographically representative nor was the sample size sufficient for meaningful analysis. The implications of these limitations and recommendations to address them in future population-level FV surveys are explored.

History

Journal

Journal of Population Research

Volume

41

Article number

ARTN 7

Pagination

1-19

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

1443-2447

eISSN

1835-9469

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Springer (part of Springer Nature)