Prevalence, perpetrators, and characteristics of witnessing parental violence and adult dating Violence in Latina, East Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern women

Violence Vict. 2007;22(5):632-47. doi: 10.1891/088667007782312122.


The present study describes and compares the prevalence, perpetrators, and characteristics of witnessing parental violence during childhood and experiencing adult relationship violence in 251 college-educated South Asian/Middle Eastern (n = 93), East Asian (n = 72), and Latina (n = 86) women residing in the United States. Results showed that more than 50% of each ethnic group witnessed parental and adult relationship violence. For all three groups, adult psychological violence was more prevalent than physical violence, which, in turn, was more prevalent than injury violence. Significant differences were found for paternal and maternal psychological, physical, and injury violence witnessed within ethnic groups. High prevalence rates and significant differences emerged for psychological, physical, and injury violence experienced as a victim and enacted as a perpetrator within ethnic groups. The implications of college-educated, higher socioeconomic status (SES) women of color being at risk for witnessing and experiencing family violence are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arabs / ethnology*
  • Asians / ethnology*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Domestic Violence / ethnology*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Prevalence
  • Psychometrics
  • Self Concept
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survivors / psychology*
  • United States / epidemiology