Murrieta, CA, June 22, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- “The prevalence and influence of domestic abuse of Nigerian women living in Southern California is creating fear, anxiety, and loss of hope among these middle-class women,” writes Dr. Umo Ntekim in the introduction to her new book. These women, she writes, are mostly unseen and unknown, existing in a shadow world without much hope. Her new book, released by Dog Ear Publishing, explores the findings of a study she conducted to explore this issue.
“Secrets: The Conflicted Role of First-generation Nigerian American Women Experiencing Domestic Violence” examines the role of cultural factors that contribute to abuse, other systemic factors that contribute to abuse and what factors affect women’s ability to seek services and help. Ntekim performed in-depth interviews of 20 Nigerian women in Southern California experiencing domestic violence as a result
“Secrets: The Conflicted Role of First-generation Nigerian American Women Experiencing Domestic Violence” examines the role of cultural factors that contribute to abuse, other systemic factors that contribute to abuse and what factors affect women’s ability to seek services and help. Ntekim performed in-depth interviews of of acculturation. The book details her findings.
The study found that these first-generation Nigerian women struggled thanks to a variety of issues. Contributing factors included lack of support, anger, fear and financial problems. Related issues about their ability to seek help for domestic abuse and violence included fear and work-life balance. Instead of finding the American dream after moving to the United States, they became trapped in a nightmare from which they were unable to wake.
Clinical therapist Dr. Umo Ntekim counsels women with postpartum depression as well as those who have experienced domestic violence. She has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Argosy University, a master’s degree in social work from Loma Linda University, and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice from California State University – Bakersfield and social science from La Sierra University.
Ntekim also advocates for mental health and those with mental health issues and founded HOW, or Help for Women. She is the national president of Eket Development Congress, a nonprofit community organization that fosters the well-being of the Eket people in Nigeria and around the world.
For additional information, please visit www.umontekimsecrets.com.
Secrets: The Conflicted Role of First-Generational Nigerian American Women Experiencing Domestic Violence
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-5811-5 96 pages $14.95 US
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.
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