The Desi Dost Empowerment Survey asked our community what they understood about domestic violence and its impact among friends & family.
So what do Indian Americans think of the DV crisis in their midst? In September 2021, Desi Dost ran a community survey on the India Currents website to find out.
More than half of the 55 respondents confirmed they have or know of others who’ve experienced and witnessed domestic abuse.
Almost 40% stayed in their relationships, due to family pressure to keep up appearances or fear of losing finances and children.
Respondents admitted that fear of family retaliation (50%) and fear of their abuser (43%) kept women silent.
While respondents were sympathetic to the plight of victims, very few were willing to take action.