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Abstract

This study explores how my personal experiences with domestic violence in my family have shaped my identity and my current self as an Indian-Australian woman, teacher, and researcher. Domestic violence touches many children and their families and affects their sense of identity and belonging as individuals and in their social spaces. An autoethnographical method is used to investigate my experiences within a domestically violent family and how it has shaped my identity as an Indian-Australian woman. The study reveals various themes including three themes that were noted to be the most significant: patriarchy in Indian culture, resilience, identity and belonging. The study reveals my ongoing struggle in a domestically violent household, feeling torn between protecting my mother and protecting myself. It offers insights into how cultural backgrounds, social frameworks and social values and beliefs may influence others and their development as a person.

Keywords

Domestic Violence, Autoethnography, Family, Identity and Belonging, Resilience

Author Bio(s)

Amarpreet Abraham is a researcher in women studies focusing on domestic violence experienced by Indian-Australian women. She is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and her dissertation studies include themes of resilience, survival, and policies relating to domestic violence within Indian-Australian community. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Amarpreet Abraham, amarpreet.abraham@monash.edu.

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank my supervisor Associate Professor Jane Southcott for her support and guidance throughout the emotional journey of writing this paper. I am forever grateful to my husband, Andrew, for his love and care during a challenging period of my academic journey.

Publication Date

11-10-2018

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