To ensure a safe and caring environment for children and youth
This New Resource Center, available in Spanish, currently has more than 500 electronic resources on the prevention, identification and timely response to intra-family violence and other topics related to child well-being.
Domestic Violence and New Americans: Directory of Programs and Resources for Battered Refugee Women. Refugee Mental Health Program, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 239 page s . September 2002. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
"Contains an alphabetical list of programs that includes complete contact information, a description of services, and language capabilities for each. The directory also has an annotated bibliography of select publications on domestic violence issues in refugee and immigrant communities and an index of programs by State." - Description by ORR
Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities (Web site). The Asian and Pacific Islander Institute page s . 2011. Arabic Bangla Dari English Farsi Hindi Indonesian Kurdish Malay Pashto Urdu . http://www.apiidv.org/violence/muslimwomen.php
Muslim immigrants in the U.S. come from Central, East, South, Southeast, and West Asia (i.e. the Middle East). Resources include bibliographies on domestic violence, gender, and Muslim women, demographic and statistical data, a directory of domestic violence programs serving Muslim communities, a Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities, and select translated materials.
Family Safety, Family Harmony: Information on Violence Against Women and the Law in Ontario. Muslim Family Safety Project 2 page s . 2007. Arabic Farsi French Somali Bosnian - Serbian - Croatian Urdu . http://www.lfcc.on.ca/MFSP_pamphlet.html
This brochure provides information on the Islamic perspective on domestic violence, basic facts about domestic violence, relevant laws in Canada, immigration concerns, and safety issues.
Family Violence Prevention Fund (Web site). Family Violence Prevention Fund page s . N.D.. Arabic Chinese Korean Russian Spanish Tagalog Vietnamese . http://www.endabuse.org/section/programs/immigrant_women
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence. Their Web site has a whole section on immigrant women, which includes multilingual resources.
Immigrant and Refugee Power and Control Wheel. Chomilo, Bri 1 page . June 2002. English . http://www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/immigrantwheel/immigrantwheel.html
This graphic and accompanying blurb explains the problem of abuse against women, and provides examples of such abuse and what motivates it.
Immigrant Women's Speakout Association (Web site). Immigrant Women's Speakout Association (IWSA) page s . 1985. English Arabic Chinese Korean Spanish Vietnamese Amharic Farsi Somali Thai Kurdish Turkish Dinka Indonesian Burmese Serbo-Croatian Dari Croatian . http://speakout.org.au/index.html
IWSA is an organization seeking to alleviate the poverty and distress of migrant and refugee women, provide appropriate services to immigrant and refugee women in need (particularly those without any other avenues of assistance, those who are isolated, and those at risk of homelessness, abuse and ill health) and to assist immigrant and refugee women to achieve equal participation in society and the opportunity to express their own economic, political, social, religious, cultural and sexual identity.
Their Web site includes many resources one can order including videos, domestic violence plays in community languages, multilingual information cards, and more.
Implementation of Home Visitation Programs: Stories from the States. Wasserman, Miriam 10 page s . September 2006. English . http://www.chapinhall.org/research/brief/implementation-home-visitation-programs
Outlines the three components of state-based home visitation programs designed to combat child abuse and foster positive parent-child relationships. First, effective programs must secure a funding that supports a quality program. State programs tap federal grants such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Title V Maternal and Child Health block grants, and Medicaid in addition to state funds and private benefactors. Paradoxically, states report that increased funding can compromise program quality since the timeline to hire, train, and evaluate personnel must be shortened. Second, programs must demonstrate the proven outcomes of their model and its implementation. Collecting data from random control trials proved expensive and unreliable. Evaluation criteria using enrollment and retention data provided alternatives that proved beneficial. Third, new programs must retain the same quality standards as the original program. Strategies include the use of self-assessment tools, site visits, mandatory reviews, and constant oversight through unified data systems.
Kids and Domestic Violence: Diversity Training Project. Immigrant Women's Support Service page s . 2002. Spanish Tagalog Vietnamese Bosnian - Serbian - Croatian Indonesian . http://www.iwss.org.au/kidsanddv.html
This project is aimed at helping children come to terms with the effects of domestic violence and minimize its adverse consequences. This section of their Web site is designed to assist practitioners and non-abusive parents and care-givers to work with children who have experienced domestic violence. It has a particular focus on immigrant and refugee children. It contains a resource manual, a multilingual children's book, and work sheets in English and various other community languages. The resources can be downloaded and used directly with children, to help them express their concerns, fears and other feelings.
"The Multicultural Access Project (MAP) seeks to reduce the number of, and tolerance to, domestic violence incidents in multi-ethnic and immigrant communities, and to increase the responsiveness of mainstream communities to battered women and families. MAP accomplishes this effort through cultural and linguistically appropriate outreach, education collaboration and advocacy." - Publisher's descripton This resource is available in English, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Muslim Power and Control Wheel. Alkhateeb, Sharifa 1 page . n.d.. . http://www.ncdsv.org/images/Muslim%20Power%20and%20Control%20Wheel.pdf
This is an adaptation of the Power and Control Wheel developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program in Duluth, Minnesota. It is specifically for Muslims and includes sections on using intimidation; emotional abuse; isolation; minimizing, denying, and blaming; children; male privilege; economic abuse; and coercion and threats.
"ReWA's Domestic Violence Program strives to increase the safety of women in every community. Through culturally and linguistically competent victim services, community referrals, comprehensive community education and support groups, ReWA works to reduce barriers facing refugee and immigrant victims of domestic violence and increase the well-being and safety of a vulnerable and isolated population."
The Web site lists sexual assault videos and posters available in English, Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese.
The National Immigrant Family Violence Institute (Web site). The National Immigrant Family Violence Institute page s . n.d.. English . http://www.nifvi.org/
The National Immigrant Family Violence Institute is composed of six immigrant-serving agencies from across the country, along with a research/evaluation program, dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants and their families in our local communities and across the U.S. For additional resources on this topic, see BRYCS' List of Highlighted Resources on Domestic Violence.
USCRI Healthy Living Toolkit. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) page s . 2008. Amharic Arabic Bosnian Burmese English Farsi French Haitian Creole Hmong Karen Kirundi Nepali Oromo Russian Somali Spanish Swahili Tigrigna Vietnamese . http://www.refugees.org/resources/for-refugees--immigrants/health/healthy-living-toolkit/
The USCRI Healthy Living Toolkit is designed to educate refugees and immigrants to become proactive health consumers and promoters in their communities. The toolkit presents material in a culturally appropriate manner and is intended to help health care-related professionals more effectively assist refugees and immigrants and reduce the health disparities among these populations (Description from source).
Topics include: Communicable Diseases, Domestic Violence, Environmental Health, Health Care, Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health, Mental Health, Nutrition Related Diseases, Respiratory Diseases, and Women's Health.
You Have a Right to Be Free from Violence in Your Home: Questions and Answers for Immigrant and Refugee Women. Family Violence Prevention Fund 2 page s . 2006. Arabic Chinese English Korean Russian Spanish Tagalog Vietnamese . http://endabuse.org/section/programs/immigrant_women/_questions_immigrant_refugee
This multilingual brochure answers crucial questions such as "What is domestic violence?" and "What can I do?" and is appropriate to distribute to clients who are seeking information on domestic violence.
Cultural Issues Affecting Domestic Violence Service Utilization in Ethnic and Hard to Reach Populations. Senturia, Kirsten , Sullivan, Marianne , Ciske, Sandy 182 page s . 2000. English . http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/185352.pdf
Presents information on access to and satisfaction with domestic violence services and the cultural experience of domestic violence in specific ethnic and hard-to-reach populations. The project's recommendations ensure that refugee and immigrant populations receive more information on all aspects of U.S. law and government services related to DV and that ethnic and hard-to-reach populations have access to services to help them develop survival skills for independence, services that promote social support, affordable housing and adequate public transportation, and services for youth and children.
Cultural Issues in Violence Against Women. In Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (2nd edition) by J. Edelson, C. M. Renzetti and R. K. Bergen (eds.). Fontes, Lisa Aronson , McCloskey, Kathy 151-168 page s . 2010. This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
In this chapter, Fontes and McCloskey describe the different ways violence against women (VAW) manifests in the world's cultures, ranging from genital cutting to sexual assaults to intimate partner violence. They also offer suggestions for people who work on VAW issues with immigrants and refugees as to ways they can improve their ability to prevent and research violence among culturally diverse families.
Culture and Domestic Violence. Coughlan, Jacquelyn page s . 2009. . https://culturedmed.binghamton.edu/index.php/bibliographies-by-cultural-aspect/domestic-violence
This bibliography contains hundreds of journal articles and resources on culture and domestic violence.
Domestic Violence: Does the African Context Demand a Different Approach?. Bowman, Cynthia Grant 473-491 page s . 2003. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
Examines what role mental health intervention may play in the African context. Using the United States as a point of comparison, this article discusses the particular context in which partner abuse takes place in Africa in order to explore the remedial strategies that are appropriate there.
Double Risk: Immigrant Mothers, Domestic Violence and Public Child Welfare. Earner, Ilze 288-293 page s . 2010. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
"This paper examines the experiences of Mexican immigrant mothers living in New York City who become involved with public child welfare services because of domestic violence and makes recommendations for evaluation of program services to immigrant mothers. A case study and the results of a focus group interview will be presented to illustrate the often conflicting cultural, social and political issues confronted by immigrant mothers as they negotiate the organization of services designed to address specific forms of domestic violence, i.e., the protection of children and the protection of women." Description from source
Family Violence Intervention Program: A Domestic Violence Intervention Program for Georgia Refugees. Walker, B.J. , Cutter, Gwen-Dolyn 6 page s . n.d.. . http://v5.healthinschools.org/Immigrant-and-Refugee-Children/~/media/F3EA2F1D9B9B475F8971F6938208C541.ashx
This short PowerPoint provides an overview of this domestic violence intervention program for Georgia's refugees, which includes services for perpetrators and victims.
Gaining Cultural Competency: Issues of Domestic Violence in the Somali Immigrant Community. Boehm, Deborah , Coplin, Heidi . 2004. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
This video is intended to teach health care providers about domestic violence in the Somali immigrant community.
Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices and Recommendations. Family Violence Prevention Fund 66 page s . 2009. . http://endabuse.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/IPV_Report_March_2009.pdf
This document describes intimate partner violence (IPV) in immigrant and refugee communities in the United States. IPV is a widespread, costly, and complex social problem nationwide, with serious health and safety implications. When IPV occurs in immigrant and refugee communities, additional challenges and complexities make it especially difficult to address. This paper examines the issue from a variety of standpoints, including the legal rights and practical challenges facing immigrant and refugee victims of violence, the ways systems are responding, and the promising practices that offer hope for these women, many of whom would otherwise remain in grave and persistent peril.
Islam and Domestic Violence. Mission of Hope 2 page s . N.D.. . http://www.missionofhope.org.au/downloadables/moh_dv.pdf
This handout provides brief information on what Islam says about domestic violence as well as well as the types of domestic violence and the effects on women and children.
Learning from the Experiences of Battered Immigrant, Refugee and Indigenous Women Involved with Child Protective Services to Inform a Dialogue among Domestic Violence Activists and Advocates. Enos, V. Pualani 103 page s . July 2003. English . http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandaids/Learn_from_Exp_of_Battered_Immigrant,_Refugee_Indigenous_Women.pdf
The goal of this action research effort is to share the voices of immigrant, refugee and indigenous women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse and who have been involved with child protective services, in order to inform and facilitate the development of policies, practices and interventions that will more effectively address the physical, emotional and spiritual health of individuals, families and communities.
Model Protocol on Services for Limited English Proficient Immigrant and Refugee Victims of Domestic Violence. Patterson, Lupita 27 page s . 2002. . http://www.wscadv.org/docs/protocol_LEP_victims.pdf
The goal of this protocol and policy model is to support domestic violence agencies in the state of Washington to increase and extend their services to immigrant women whose first language is not English. The statutes mentioned in this protocol (e.g., Title VI) are mandates which recipients of federal funds must adhere to and should be a part of agency policy. However, some of the procedures may not be attainable or practical for every
program, although they are an ideal to which programs should aspire.-Publisher's description
Preventing Partner Violence in Refugee and Immigrant Communities. Uehling, Greta , Bouroncle, Alberto , Roeber, Carter 2 page s . October 2011. English . http://www.fmreview.org/technology/uehling-et-al.html
This article shows that sexual and gender-based violence does not necessarily stop after resettlement; for some, that may be when it starts. (Description from source)
Understanding Children, Immigration, and Family Violence: A National Examination of the Issues. Learning Systems Group (LSG),Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) 24 page s . September 2005. English . http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/immigrationDV.pdf
Understanding Children, Immigration, and Family Violence, a collaboration between Learning Systems Group (LSG) and Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), seeks to enhance services for immigrant children and families affected by domestic violence. The issues and recommendations articulated in this report summarize the findings from interviews with practitioners, researchers, and experts across the country. BRYCS representatives Julianne Duncan, Lyn Morland and Laura Schmidt participated on this National Workgroup. The report identifies challenges and opportunities in reaching out to and delivering services to immigrant children and families affected by domestic violence, best practices in serving them, and policy implications for the work. CONTENTS NATIONAL WORKGROUP INTRODUCTION BACKGROUND Domestic violence Immigrant and Refugee Families in the United States Types of Immigration Status Impact of Domestic Violence on Adult and Child Victims The Response to Domestic Violence STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES FACED BY IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT SERVE THEM Strengths Challenges BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS POLICY IMPLICATIONS Policy Recommendations Evaluation Additional Recommendations for FVPSA State Administrators RESOURCES National Organizations Training Resources Selected Programs Serving Immigrant Children Affected by Domestic Violence ENDNOTES
Understanding Domestic Violence Resource Utilization and Survivor Solutions Among Immigrant and Refugee Women. Bhuyan, Rupaleem , Senturia, Kirsten 895-901 page s . August 2005. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
This issue includes an analysis of the participatory action research process, in addition to four articles that delve into the specific results for women in the Russian-speaking, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Ethiopian groups. Each of the articles in this issue examines the specific cultural context in which domestic violence occurs, and the survivors’ responses that are framed by that unique context. Although there are similarities between groups and crosscutting themes across ethnicities, each community revealed particular details that make the women’s experience unique. -Description from source
Understanding the Role of Culture in Domestic Violence: The Ahimsa Project for Safe Families. Christiansen, Jeanne , Christiansen, James L. , Howard, Marilyn 9 page s . January 2006. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
"The Ahimsa for Safe Families Project is an innovative collaborative project that addresses domestic violence in immigrant and refugee communities in San Diego. Here the authors describe the Project’s needs assessment and community dialogues that guided the development of specific interventions; present the lessons learned; and describe replicable, culturally specific prevention strategies utilized by the Project." Description from source
What Islam Says About Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families. Alwani, Zainab , Abugideiri, Salma 63 page s . 2003. This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
This guide is written for anyone working in the area of domestic violence: advocates, police officers, mental health workers, shelter staff, medical providers, lawyers, etc. It was written as a result of many questions and concerns presented by workers who deal with Muslim women and families. This guide is an attempt to explain the perspective of the religion of Islam on the issue of domestic violence.