Preventing Intimate Partner Violence within South Asian Communities

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Join SAPHA for a panel on efforts to research and address violence within South Asian communities, as well as network with professionals.

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The South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA) is hosting a panel and networking session to start off the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo*.

In line with APHA's theme this year, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence, SAPHA has invited researchers and leaders from the South Asian community addressing gender-based violence.

According to community-based studies in the U.S., up to 40% of South Asian women experience intimate partner violence (IPV) [1]. Since the start of the pandemic, South Asian women in the U.S. are in a vulnerable position due to social isolation measures, economic and immigration-related pressures, underreporting of incidents due to cultural stigma, and inaccessibility of domestic violence shelters. During the panel, we will hear from a researcher, a clinical psychiatrist, and two community leaders about their efforts to address and prevent IPV within South Asian communities.

After the panel, SAPHA will be facilitating a networking session with all the attendees. We look forward to meeting other public health professionals who share SAPHA's passion for South Asian health and want to learn more about their efforts within the South Asian community.

*APHA registration is NOT required for this event.

Zoom link will be sent to registrants 24 hours before the event.

Our speakers include:

  • Sabri Bushra, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Filza Hussain, MBBS, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Mona Kafeel, Executive Director, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
  • Krittika Ghosh, MSc, Executive Director, Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project

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1. Raj, A., & Silverman, J. G. (2003). Immigrant South Asian women at greater risk for injury from intimate partner violence. American journal of public health, 93(3), 435–437.

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