Date of Award

Spring May 2011

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Marital and Family Therapy

School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts


Using a qualitative, narrative based, and art based approach, this study explored the experiences of Asian domestic violence survivors living in an Asian-based domestic violence transitional shelter, and how their cultural identity as an Asian immigrant woman played a role in their experiences. The participants were two out of six women living at the domestic violence shelter provided by the Asian Pacific Women’s Center. Three overarching themes were formed after the analysis of all the emergent categories: The women experienced isolation that were influenced from their marginalized cultural values, the shelter was viewed as a foundation for growth, and the art was useful as a means for communication.