Chai & Chat: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence within South Asian Communities & Chat: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence within South Asian Communities

SAPHA hosted a panel and networking session to start off the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo.

In line with APHA’s theme this year, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence, SAPHA invited researchers and leaders from the South Asian community to learn more about researching, addressing, and preventing gender-based violence.

According to community-based studies in the U.S., up to 40% of South Asian women experience intimate partner violence [1]. Since the start of the pandemic, South Asian women in the U.S. are in a vulnerable position due to social isolation measures, economic and immigration-related pressures, underreporting of incidents due to cultural stigma, and inaccessibility of domestic violence shelters. During the panel, we heard from an academic researcher, a clinical psychiatrist, and two community leaders about their efforts to address and prevent intimate partner violence within South Asian communities.

Panel Speakers:

  • Sabri Bushra, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Filza Hussain, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Mona Kafeel, Executive Director, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
  • Krittika Ghosh, MSc, Executive Director, Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project

After the panel, SAPHA facilitated a networking session with all the attendees. Health professionals from across the country shared their professional background and their interests in South Asian health.



1. Raj, A., & Silverman, J. G. (2003). Immigrant South Asian women at greater risk for injury from intimate partner violence. American journal of public health, 93(3), 435–437.