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Ethnic perspectives on family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand Rachel Simon-Kumar

By: Simon-Kumar, Rachel.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: NZFVC Issues Paper.Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of Auckland, 2019Description: electronic document (34 pages) ; PDF & Word DOCX files.Subject(s): Shakti | Shama | CULTURAL ISSUES | ASIAN PEOPLES | AFRICAN PEOPLES | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) | ETHNICITY | FAMILY VIOLENCE | INTERVENTION | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | MIGRANTS | REFUGEES | VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online NZFVC Issues Paper 14, April 2019Summary: Key Messages: • Violence directed against women in ethnic and migrant communities is prevalent across different age, sexuality and identity groups, but is underreported. • While there are similarities between violence against ethnic and non-ethnic women, violence in ethnic communities can take particular cultural forms, have distinct profiles of presentation, and arise from a specific constellation of risk factors. • Risk factors for interpersonal violence against ethnic women are layered and encompass individual (e.g., language barriers, isolation), household (e.g., migration factors, employment conditions), community (gender norms, patriarchal values), and systemic (racism, colonisation, capitalist structures) factors. • Help-seeking behaviours, along with reporting, are relatively infrequent in ethnic communities. In part, this silence may reflect shame and fear of the stigma from and towards their communities that may be associated with disclosing violence. Low levels of help-seeking may also reflect the limited formal and informal avenues available to ethnic and migrant women where they can safely disclose their experiences. • Current interventions for violence against ethnic and migrant women take varied forms. Community-based specialist services alongside responsive ‘mainstream’ services have the potential to form an effective integrated intervention approach to addressing impacts of violence. Increasingly, there is recognition that services cannot be ‘one size fits all’ across ethnic and non-ethnic communities. Specific culturally-sensitive approaches and techniques need to be utilised to address the unique profiles of violence against ethnic and migrant women.
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NZFVC Issues Paper 14, April 2019

Key Messages:

• Violence directed against women in ethnic and migrant communities is prevalent across different age, sexuality and identity groups, but is underreported.

• While there are similarities between violence against ethnic and non-ethnic women, violence in ethnic communities can take particular cultural forms, have distinct profiles of presentation, and arise from a specific constellation of risk factors.

• Risk factors for interpersonal violence against ethnic women are layered and encompass individual (e.g., language barriers, isolation), household (e.g., migration factors, employment conditions), community (gender norms, patriarchal values), and systemic (racism, colonisation, capitalist structures) factors.

• Help-seeking behaviours, along with reporting, are relatively infrequent in ethnic communities. In part, this silence may reflect shame and fear of the stigma from and towards their communities that may be associated with disclosing violence. Low levels of help-seeking may also reflect the limited formal and informal avenues available to ethnic and migrant women where they can safely disclose their experiences.

• Current interventions for violence against ethnic and migrant women take varied forms. Community-based specialist services alongside responsive ‘mainstream’ services have the potential to form an effective integrated intervention approach to addressing impacts of violence. Increasingly, there is recognition that services cannot be ‘one size fits all’ across ethnic and non-ethnic communities. Specific culturally-sensitive approaches and techniques need to be utilised to address the unique profiles of violence against ethnic and migrant women.

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