Developing a culturally safe approach to help survivors of extended family violence

Although gender violence crosses lines of culture, ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic difference the evidence in the 2015-2016 ICWA needs assessment [Link] is that some groups are more vulnerable to collectivist/multiple perpetrator gender violence than others. Immigrant spouses and LGBTQ+ persons face violence from family and community members. In both these groups there are complex barriers to … Continue reading Developing a culturally safe approach to help survivors of extended family violence

The problem with the phrase “Honour”-based/related violence – An alternative

The term ‘honour based/related’ violence is criticized for (1) relativizing and exonerating gender violence by implicitly adopting perpetrator's language (2) offering a one-note explanation of extremely complex violence (3) vitiating the positive aspects of the term 'honour.' It has been suggested that there is value in retaining the term ‘honour based’ violence for its ‘recognition … Continue reading The problem with the phrase “Honour”-based/related violence – An alternative

Still a ‘newcomer’ after several years in Canada – what isolation means for immigrant women

In general, abuse and violence are known to be associated with the isolation of sufferers. However, specifically for women within immigrant communities, such isolation is co-productive with patriarchal family and community structures, the collectivist policing actions of family and community, lack of English (and thanks to isolation, little chance to gain fluency), lack of employment … Continue reading Still a ‘newcomer’ after several years in Canada – what isolation means for immigrant women