Physical and Psychological Violence in the Lives of Low-Income Hmong Women: Does Social Support Matter

Shahid Alvi, University of St. Thomas

There is little research examining the role played by social support in potentially mitigating violence in the lives of low-income women. This paper reports the results of an exploratory study of low-income women's (n = 144) experiences of physical and non-physical violence in a Minnesota city. Particular attention is directed to the question of whether social support distinguishes women who have been victimized from women who have not, by type of offence and ethnic background. Of special interest is the inclusion in the sample of a number of Hmong women (28% percent of the sample), a group about which virtually nothing is known as far as violent victimization is concerned. Implications for further research and policy are also discussed.

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