This paper’s focus on South Asian and Asian-American women in relation to Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS) originates from a limited amount of research on the self-helping behaviors of these women–especially those who have immigrated from the countries of Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Bhutan–as compared to other cultures (Sripada, 2020). The current literature surrounding BWS identifies lesser reporting on South Asian and Asian-American women with ethnic backgrounds from these regions (Kasturirangan, 2004). A journal by Yoshioka (2005) proposes that we consider the “world view” or intersectionality when considering domestic violence and to which many women are restricted as a result of a lack of access to resources. There are also current iterations of instruments being used that drive the discrepancy in cultural values. This literature review aims to identify those gaps in battered woman syndrome literature by analyzing cultural factors to help account for lowered disclosure rates.
Saunders, William Steven
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Karran, Annyssa, "The Merits of Reporting Battered Woman Syndrome in South Asian Women" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1157.