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Asian Americans who are domestic violence victims rarely get help

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Asian Americans who are victims of domestic violence rarely get help from health providers or authorities, an alarming trend considering this is the fastest growing immigrant group in the United States, according to this article in

Although there are cultural reasons behind this trend there are also fewer domestic violence services specifically targeted at Asian Americans, said researcher Hyunkag Cho, who is an assistant professor of social work at Michigan State University.

For instance, domestic violence hotlines could offer Korean or Chinese translators, Cho said.

“Authorities and health care providers need to be equipped with information and resources for adequately addressing the needs of victims of domestic violence among Asians and other racial minorities,” Cho said.

Social workers work to empower victims of domestic violence and help perpetrators stop abusing. To learn more, visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Domestic Violence – How Social Workers Help webpage by clicking here. NASW member Tricia Bent-Goodley, PhD, LICSW, is also one of the leading experts in the nation on domestic violence. You can learn more about her latest book, “The Ultimate Betrayal: A Renewed Look at Intimate Partner Violence,” by clicking here.


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