Glossary of terms related to gender-based violence and related prevention activity

A Abandonment of children:The practice of discarding infants and children often in hazardous locations such as garbage bins, street corners, and public toilets. Female infants are frequently abandoned in contexts where male children are preferred. Quite often, young mothers discard their babies in shame. Ableism: Cultural, institutional and individual practices and beliefs that result in the … Continue reading Glossary of terms related to gender-based violence and related prevention activity

Cultural competency in anti-violence service provision

[When I wrote this post, I was obviously clueless about the meaning of cultural safety and how it is distinct from cultural competency, sensitivity, awareness or humility. Still, the data in this post speak to how access to and use of services are modulated by social positioning. The interviewees definitely understood that services must be … Continue reading Cultural competency in anti-violence service provision

Aspects of the trauma informed approach

Trauma is the experience of an unexpected, frightening event or several such events. The effect of trauma is often to overwhelm the sufferer's ability to understand, process and cope with the event(s) that are traumatic. In some cases, trauma leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) , wherein the initial trauma is relived in later life … Continue reading Aspects of the trauma informed approach

Violence against LGBT+ persons: ‘honour’ and heteronormativity

Heteronormativity is the belief that genders are male or female and that married heterosexuality is the only (appropriate) sexual orientation or norm. This sort of belief is strongly associated with violence towards those who identify as other than their birth-assigned gender and those who do not conform to the dictates of married/monogamous heterosexuality.The idea of … Continue reading Violence against LGBT+ persons: ‘honour’ and heteronormativity

Cellphones, GPS, taxi drivers, social media … the new forms of stalking and surveillance of survivors of violence

In any situation of violence, but especially HBV where the community plays a ‘policing’ role, a help-seeker’s movements may be under watch and liable to be reported to the abuser or abusers. Even taking a taxi to shelter can be a source of danger if the driver and abuser are acquainted with each other. The … Continue reading Cellphones, GPS, taxi drivers, social media … the new forms of stalking and surveillance of survivors of violence

Understanding where the client is at: The practical value of consultation in a client-centred approach to prevent violence

The client-centred approach has 4 Rs - recognizing, responding, referring and reconnecting. All the components involve seeing the client ‘in context’, as a person who is part of a relational whole, e.g the family unit and the community, rather than in an atomised sense as a single individual. Knowing that violence occurs in a context, … Continue reading Understanding where the client is at: The practical value of consultation in a client-centred approach to prevent violence

The cross-border mobility of multi-perpetrator gender violence

The role of extended family in networks of violence enable acts of violence to cross borders, e.g the planning of a non-consensual marriage (i.e. forced marriage) in one country and its commission in another, or the abuse of a young immigrant bride buttressed by threats of violence to her natal family in her country of … Continue reading The cross-border mobility of multi-perpetrator gender violence

Interpreters: Question marks over accessibility, safety and confidentiality

Where violence is committed and/or supported by extended family and community, the risks to the victims are simultaneously magnified and diffused. The risk posed by community members who support or tolerate the violence (explicitly or tacitly) creates challenges for the provision of specific culturally relevant services for those seeking to escape violence. A particular challenge … Continue reading Interpreters: Question marks over accessibility, safety and confidentiality

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