Domestic violence is a widespread societal problem among immigrant women in Canada, the consequences of which go far beyond individual families. Immigrant women are a particularly vulnerable group that are at a high risk of domestic violence. This essay will provide a lens through which the different factors affecting domestic violence against immigrant women and their repercussions will be examined. This essay will also reflect on the challenges that immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence face at the individual and societal level when acquiring social services and also available methods of prevention and recommendations.
According to the Canadian Ministry of Labour, domestic violence can be described as a pattern of behavior used by an individual to establish and maintain power and control over another individual with whom they have an intimate relationship, through different means …show more content…
Many of these women often lack the economic support and, in particular, financial resources because of their dependent status and/or unemployment (Erez, Adelman, Gregory, 2009). Language and cultural barriers also magnify feelings of social isolation, as the women think they may not get support from their family or community and that this may lead to discrimination. Separation and divorce in some cultures also carries a stigma and some women may feel that they may be ostracized (Erez, Adelman, Gregory, 2009). Also, fear of being cut-off from their existing family, or deportation, as well as the loss of their children can prevent these women from reporting the abuse and obtaining assistance. This lack of relevant knowledge and of the social and legal resources available to these women often intensifies their experience and prolongs their state of
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“Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture.” - Charlotte Bunch. Domestic abuse is a hostile dispute involving the use of violence among household or family members. It is a universal phenomenon that occurs in all races, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, occupations, and genders (“What is Domestic Violence?”).
The Impact of Domestic Violence on the Aboriginal Community Domestic violence in Aboriginal community is a cause for concern regarding Aboriginal women 's health and safety. According to Kubik, Bourassa, and Hampton (2009) “In Canada, Aboriginal women have faced destruction in their communities and families as a result of multiple forms of oppression. Aboriginal women experience the highest rates of violence and abuse of any population in Canada”(p.29). Domestic violence is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary (2015) as “ the inflicting of physical injury by one family or household member on another; also: a repeated or habitual pattern of such behavior”. The objective is to look at the cause of domestic violence aimed at Aboriginal
Canada prides itself on being a multicultural country due to its large population of immigrants. Immigrants contribute greatly to Canada’s economy, culture and general society. Immigrants often come to Canada in search of a better life but they can encounter stressors that can have a large impact on their mental health. In this essay I will explore some factors that lead to mental health issues among the immigrant population, what prevents immigrants from accessing help and measures that could and should be taken to address this issue. Agyekum and Newhold (2016) note how “the health of immigrants has been observed to deteriorate within a few years of arriving in Canada, with the decline in immigrants’ physical and mental health said to be
Birnbaum, R., Bala, N., & Jaffe, P. (2014). Establishing Canada's first integrated domestic violence court: exploring process, outcomes, and lesson learned. Canadian Journal of Family Law, 29(1), 117-171. This article discusses the process of the integrated domestic violence courts. The author talks about a study on the experience of the people who become part of this process.
Dangerous exits: Escaping abusive relationships in rural America Introduction “A key objective of this book is to give voice to a marginalized group of women who, for the most part, have suffered in silence” (DeKeseredy & Schwartz, 2002). The book Dangerous Exits: Escaping abusive relationships in rural America, gives insight to the hushed topic of intimate partner violence and specifically women experiencing violence from attempting to leave their partner. Women are constantly advised to end relationships that turn violent, but this act could potentially put them at greater risk for further victimization. The authors take on a feminist approach to try and decipher this phenomenon of “a war against women”.
In the article, Social Welfare Policy article by Diane M. Purvin analyzes and researches the factors of abused mother’s interactions with domestic violence. Purvin seeks to research how welfare policies interact and affect abused mothers by exploring the relationship between poverty, domestic violence, and social welfare (2007p.188). While Purvin acknowledges that domestic violence is among all parts of society women and children that come from low income there is a larger probability to fall victims of domestic violence (2007 p.189). This research has indicated that a large number of domestic violence cases come from poor homes as opposed to financially stable homes that do not face the financial pressure that poor families face. What Purvin
Over a third of women over the age of 15 have experienced physical, psychological and/or sexual violence at the hands of a current or former partner. Domestic violence is the number one reason why people present themselves to specialist homeless services, with 55% of female clients citing this reason (Homelessness Australia, 2012). These women are at risk of a shortage of affordable and available rental housing. If these women do leave the abuse it is harder for them to find and afford housing, this is due to them being the primary carer for the family and for this reason are more likely to be unemployed (Homelessness Australia, 2012). If women do leave there house to flee the abuse, housing and support options for this group of women are very
Indigenous Women are being murdered and are disappearing at a higher rate than other women in Canada. Aboriginal women are five times more likely than other women to die due to violence. High rates of murder of indigenous women have occurred since settlers arrived in Canada. The first European and Canadian Aboriginal contact dates back to the sixteenth century. Indigenous women were the centers of their community and a common tactic of European settlers was to attack women.
Spousal Abuse People often turn away from issues that do not affect them, but this only lets the issue grow further until there is nothing left to do but deal with it. This could be why domestic violence has been taking place for centuries now. One issue that comes with domestic violence is spousal abuse- a problem that only seems to be getting worse, with ten million victims being beaten by an intimate partner each year (“Domestic Violence”). Although spousal abuse seems to be an ongoing issue in the United States, efforts are being made at both national and local levels to suppress the violence.
Glady’s Heavenfire Case Battered Woman Syndrome has provided women who have been abused at the hands of their partners recognition in the criminal justice system and is allowing women to tell their stories. Although there are controversies surrounding battered woman syndrome, it should not be viewed as an excuse for killing their partners. It is a real disorder that has affected thousands of women 's lives all over the world. Discussing the Gladys Heavenfire case will bring awareness to the life of a woman who has been abused by her partner for several years. Furthermore, it provides information on Indigenous women who are more likely to suffer abuse than white women.
Domestic Violence is often defined as the recurring pattern of behaviour in an intimate relationship that is used in order to control, maintain or gain power over a partner; this includes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse (Davies 2008, p. 1; Department of social services 2015 & Australian Bureau of statistics 2013). The principal purpose of this essay is to offer a range of sociological explanation that justifies why domestic violence is happening. Social conflict and symbolic interactionism are the two theories that have been explored. The paper argues that micro level analysis offers a deeper understanding of the motivation behind domestic violence, compared to a macro level one. The study also contains recommendations that
Universally, domestic violence is referred to abusive behavior that is used by the intimate partner to control or power over the other intimate power. This can be in the forms of psychological, sexual, economic or emotional threats or actions that will influence your partner (Kindschi,2013).Domestic violence studies provides that psychopathology, which happens when in violent environment in child development can make the argument of domestic violence progress of being a generational legacy (Kindschi,2013).I chose to write about the Feminist Theory to explain why people commit domestic violence. It believes that the root causes of domestic violence is the outcome of living in a society that condones aggressive behavior by men, while women
Social work practitioners are involved and aware of all social justice issues in the world today. Domestic Violence is just one major social justice issue which has become more prominent in the world. According to Royal College of Nursing (2013), domestic violence is an incident involving controlling and violent behaviour between intimate partners and/or family members. It also involves physical and emotional abuse. A practitioner working in the field of domestic violence can apply different theories in order to present the best possible outcome for the service user.
Interventions and assessments do not always persuade victims who are emotionally involved. This study did not talk about the emotional connection these women have with their abusers. This may be due to it being socially acceptable or that they feel they will not be loved by anyone else so they let it happen. In past articles, we have discussed how socioeconomic status and educational properties play a role in how a person may carry out their life.