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

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”

How does intersectionality apply to understanding and acting against violence?

Introduction A survivor of violence should never be seen just as a generic survivor, a casebook statistic – even though the laws and policies applying to her may not have any more nuance. As an anti-violence specialist, as a survivor-centred service provider, one must ask and understand the implications of these questions (and more): what … Continue reading How does intersectionality apply to understanding and acting against violence?

What is intersectionality?

Intersectionality is a term coined in 1989 by American civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (1989, 1991). It is a theory that allows for study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination. “Rooted in Black feminism and Critical Race Theory, intersectionality … Continue reading What is intersectionality?

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

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