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Publication Date

Summer 2022

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Justice Studies


Wilson Yuan

Subject Areas

Social work, Sociology, Criminology


Domestic violence (DV) is often synonymous with intimate partner violence (IPV) which is defined as physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression, including coercive tactics by a current or former intimate partner such as a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. Different populations often have different experiences with DV. Immigrant women are disproportionately vulnerable to DV, and their immigration status can be used as a tool to abuse them. Various circumstances often influence the prevalence of domestic violence. In 2020, the COVID-19 virus caused a global pandemic that killed many people. As the COVID-19 pandemic approached, many professionals feared DV rates would rise, mirroring earlier natural disasters or epidemics. This thesis investigates how domestic violence stakeholders were able to support immigrant victims of domestic abuse under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Hispanic and Asian immigrant victims of domestic violence. To do this, interviews with domestic violence stakeholders were conducted to understand how domestic violence stakeholders were able to deliver services during the pandemic, as well as their experiences with victims' ability to seek services at this time. Based on qualitative analysis, five main themes were established from interviews with stakeholders. These themes highlight the difficulties experienced by both groups throughout the pandemic.