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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Race, Ethnicity and Culture as Critical Factors in Accessing Domestic Violence Resources

Religion-1.jpgThis special collection will highlight Asian and Pacfic Islander, African American, Latina/o and Native American resources that have been developed to specifically address the cultural differences of domestic violence in these communities. Research has shown that it is necessary to develop specialized cultural resources, as victims of these cultural backgrounds may not feel comfortable accessing mainstream services that may not be appropriately focused on cultural nuances and the historical and different experiences of violence in these communities. Furthermore, many faith-based communities are formed around race, ethnic, and/or cultural identities so these resources can further assist faith leaders of homogeneous religious communities' access more culturally specific resources.

"Domestic violence is a universal problem, but its cultural expressions differ. Drawing attention to such differences can serve to confirm stereotypes because nuanced complexities are hard to convey; but advocacy that is not rooted in cultural contexts is even more problematic.” – Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence