Culturally appropriate and safe assistance through home visitation for survivors of violence: Practices, challenges, needs – Report, July 2020

This report is a qualitative exploration of practices, challenges and unmet needs in Home Visitation (HV)-based supports to diverse mothers living in situations of family violence in the Canadian province of Alberta. ​It is an instrumental output of a 2019-2023 collaborative multi-agency project. The report provides evidence to develop and pilot a home visitation protocol … Continue reading Culturally appropriate and safe assistance through home visitation for survivors of violence: Practices, challenges, needs – Report, July 2020

Cultural Safety

Introduction In Canada, Brian Sinclair's tragic death in 2008 has been a turning point in the conversation on racism, discrimination, racial/cultural profiling and how they impact access to and delivery of care. It’s been almost six years [in the fall of 2008] since Brian Sinclair wheeled himself into the emergency room at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences … Continue reading Cultural Safety

Key steps in managing the client-case worker relationship – Tripat Kaur, Val Cudmore

PART A Informal Sharing Informal Sharing is a process that allows the client to talk freely and share their thoughts with greater confidence. This helps the client and counselor in the following ways: It provides an opportunity for the counsellor to know more about the client and their problems. All clients need to be listened … Continue reading Key steps in managing the client-case worker relationship – Tripat Kaur, Val Cudmore

Re the catch-all phrase “Immigrant Woman”

When one uses the phrase immigrant women, one must be careful. This is not one homogeneous group. Personal history, language, race, class are factors that intersect to create diversities in the ways immigration is experienced and how immigration impacts on the quality of women’s lives. A woman’s class of immigration has serious effects, life long … Continue reading Re the catch-all phrase “Immigrant Woman”

Case scenario – Assisting a gay teen at risk of violence

Keeping in mind the risk of HBV to youth in their coming out or being outed, we designed a case scenario ‘Sima’ for discussants in focus groups to assess the relevant awareness of risk and protective steps in a case of an LGBT+ school-going teen suffering from withdrawal and falling grades, reporting extreme isolation and … Continue reading Case scenario – Assisting a gay teen at risk of violence

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

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