Women who lived in a safe house or had left a safe house were contacted through the various safe houses’ management based in Auckland.
Women who faced family violence but did not use safe-house services were contacted by social workers or counsellors from relevant agencies.
Within the Asian population, the immigrant communities are the focal point of the present investigation.
Table 4 Participants' Use of Family Violence Services The focus group participants were 13 women: clients, service coordinator, support workers and social work trainees from tertiary institutions.
Their countries of origin included mainly India, China, Fiji and Bangladesh.
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For the purpose of this report, the term "Asian peoples" is used to represent the diversity and plurality within the Asian communities.
More specifically, this project focuses on South Asians and Chinese.
First, in the context of this study, the family is considered to be the basic unit of analysis and, when the term "domestic violence" is used, the abused woman tends to be the unit of analysis (Kurz 1989).
The "family" is a system of social relations with unique properties that make it a particularly fertile ground for violence (Gelles 1993), and the triggers for spouse abuse lie in the structure of the contemporary family (Kurz 1989).
The specific objectives of this project were: The demographics of the 56 Asian immigrant participants (50 women and 6 men) are described in Tables 1–4.