Engendering Change: Transforming Gender Roles in Asian & Pacific Islander Communities grew out of a round-table discussion, convened by the API Institute, inviting battered women’s advocates and providers of Batterer Intervention Programs (BIPs) with the following objectives:

  1. To address the intersections of race, class and gender
  2. To articulate how advocates and providers can forge theory and practice about BIPs and men’s work in ending violence against API women
  3. To identify culturally contextualized principles and practices that can transform gender roles
    in API communities.

Changing gender roles is an extensive, multi-disciplinary topic that includes sociology, anthropology, gender studies, etc., but that is not what we are trying to cover here. As Asian and Pacific Islander advocates, we came to the table to formulate questions and issues we need to address and confront in our communities. This report marks the beginnings of many such conversations.

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Lifecourse Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking among Filipina, Indian, and Pakistani Women, 2010

IPV often recurs over the lifecourse and survivors’ decisions to seek help are shaped by their history of positive and negative experiences of help-seeking, and because their preferred and actual sources of help change over time. Using the Life History Calendar to interview 143 Filipina, Indian and Pakistani domestic violence survivors, this research enhances our understanding of help-seeking over the lifecourse and makes recommendations for system responses to domestic violence in Asian communities.

by Chic Dabby & Grace Poore

August 2007

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