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Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded Male Spirit
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Violence: Diverse Populations and Communities
Violence: Diverse Populations and Communities

Ethnic and Cultural Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic Violence: A Global ViewDomestic Violence: A Global View

Historically, in most cultures, domestic violence has been an accepted fact of life. Only in recent years has it begun to be viewed as a criminal and social problem. This informative reference resource allows students to compare and contrast the ways in which domestic abuse is viewed and handled by thirteen different representative countries from around the world. This international perspective encourages students to recognize the problem as a global one, providing greater insight into the ways in which we can address it and find solutions to prevent it world wide.

Ethnic and Cultural Domestic Violence Resources

This section contains research summaries, referrals, resources, articles, and publications on domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and various types of abuse in varying ethnic and cultural contexts including:

Research: Immigration, Minority Status and Domestic Violence in Ethnic and Cultural Groups
Fleeing From Fear: The Changing Role of Refuges in Meeting the Needs of Women Leaving Violent Partners. Molly Warrington. Capital and Class. London: Summer 2003., Iss. 80; pg. 123

Abstract: Media driven interpretations of fear and risk have failed to notify the general public that the most likely victims of violence are females who are attacked by a male partner. Domestic violence is pervasive throughout virtually all cultures, occurring across all social classes, all ethnic groups, and all age groups. Yet the true extent of domestic violence is generally agreed to be unknown. Domestic violence is a private fear and as is shown within this paper the search for sanctuary spaces that are offered by refuges is an important component in the acquisition of safe places. However, this paper examines how the 'professionalisation' of some refuges as well as other processes of institutionalisation may have had a negative impact upon the victims of abuse and violence.

Helpful Links and Resources: Multi-Cultural Responses to Abuse

Partner Violence Has Roots in Ethnicity, History
from Mental Health.com.

Race, Ethnicity and Serious and Violent Juvenile Offending (PDF)
from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Specific Racial/Ethnic Groups and Domestic Violence in the US
Report from C.U.N.Y.

Understanding Domestic Violence in Multi Ethnic Rural Communities
from the National criminal Justice Reference Service.

Cultural Issues Affecting Domestic Violence Service Utilization in Ethnic and Hard to Reach Populations (PDF)
November 2000 research report (multi-agency)

Isolated, Afraid and Forgotten: The Service Delivery Needs and Realities of Immigrant and Refugee Women Who Are Battered (PDF)
From the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence

Immigrant Populations as Victims: Toward a Multicultural Criminal Justice System
This 1998 research brief summarizes a study that investigated whether the diverse cultural makeup of many communities requires the criminal justice system to modify its approach, particularly in handling recent immigrants. The study addressed a previously unexamined question--whether immigrant victims have a more difficult time than other victims in dealing with the police and the courts because of differences in language, expectations, and treatment by officials.

International Directory of Victim Compensation Programs
1999 edition online

Minority Community Victim Assistance Handbook
From the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Multi-Cultural Issues for Victim Service Providers
Presents basic principles of culturally-competent and culturally-sensitive interaction with crime victims. Notes specific practices that will enable victim assistance professionals to provide appropriate services to crime victims of various cultures.

Needs Assessment for Service Providers and Trafficking Victims (PDF)
2003 report from Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA

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