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Out of the Shadows
Woman Abuse in Ethnic, Immigrant, and Aboriginal Communities
Edited by Josephine Fong
SubjectsAnti-Oppressive Practice / Feminist Practice / Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies / Indigenous Social Work / Indigenous Studies / Indigenous Women / Professional Practice / Race, Ethnicity, and Marginality / Social Work / Sociology / Sociology of Ethnicity, Diversity, and Inequality / Sociology of Gender and Sexuality / Woman Abuse / Woman Abuse and Domestic Violence
Print ISBN: 9780889614673
This unique collection provides social work students and practitioners with critical analysis and practical guidance for working with abused women who are marginalized because of immigrant, refugee, or Aboriginal status. Out of the Shadows presents the work of Canadian academic researchers and frontline workers who demonstrate the increased risk faced by these women when they are victims of domestic violence, due to the racism inherent in our judicial and social systems. Our communities have neither fully faced nor met the challenges presented by this serious problem.
Readers will be provoked to reflect on, and re-evaluate, the theoretical and political framework inherent in our service delivery systems and will be intrigued and delighted by accounts of culturally diverse women's groups and individuals who have transformed themselves from victims to victors.
Table of Contents
PART I: THEORIES, CAMPAIGNS, PRACTICE, AND POLICY
Chapter 1: Explaining the Abuse of Women: An Examination of Conventional and Dominant Theoretical Perspectives - Josephine Fong
Chapter 2: An Opportunity to Publicize the Private: Public Education Campaigns and Domestic Violence in Ontario - Samantha Majic
Chapter 3: Women Are Still Unsafe: Cracks in Best Practice and Mandatory Arrest Policies - Josephine Fong
PART II: EXPERIENCES OF ACTIVISTS AND HELPING PROFESSIONALS
Chapter 4: Challenges, Connections, and Creativity: Anti-violence Work with Racialized Women - Cyndy Baskin
Chapter 5: Beyond Cultural Stereotypes: Chinese-Canadian Helping Professionals' Perspectives on Woman Abuse within the Chinese-Canadian Community in Toronto - Josephine Fong
Chapter 6: Experiences of Front-line Shelter Workers in Providing Services to Immigrant Women Impacted by Family Violence - Angie Rupra
Chapter 7: Overview of Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community in Canada: Prevalence, Issues, and Recommendations - Ritu Choksi, Sabra Desai, and Andalee Adamali
PART III: THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN
Chapter 8: Changes in Gender Relations as a Risk Factor for Marital Conflict and Intimate Partner Violence: A Study of Ethiopian Immigrant Couples in Canada - Ilene Hyman, Robin Mason, Sepali Guruge, Girma Mekonnen, NOreen Stuckless, Taryn Tang, and Hiwot Teffera
Chapter 9: Chinese Immigrant Women Confronting Male Violence in Their Lives - Josephine Fong
Chapter 10: Praying for Divorce: The Abuse of Jewish Women through Jewish Divorce Law - Lisa Rosenberg
Chapter 11: Violence against Women: Nigerian-Canadian Women's Experiences - Ngozi L. Nwosu
Chapter 12: Perceptions of Intimate Male Partner Violence and Determinants of Women's Responses to It: Findings from a Study in the Sri Lankan Tamil Community in Toronto
About the Contributors
"A masterful framework through which our lives as racialized women matter! Through an enriched definition of violence which highlights the intersectional nature of our experiences and includes structural and institutional abuse, Aboriginal, ethnic, and immigrant women finally become central figures who have agency over their lives. Out of the Shadows is a superb collection which strikes the right balance between theoretical understanding, practical approaches, and the experience of violence against Aboriginal, ethnic, and immigrant women."Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women's Health in Women's Hands; Editor, Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought
"The book not only details the accounts of immigrant, refugee, and Aboriginal women's experiences of abuse, but highlights how other social locations may impact the women's coping and healing. It provides a richer understanding of intimate partner violence from the perspectives of culturally diverse women and those who assist them."Kendra Nixon, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
"The book not only details the accounts of immigrant, refugee, and Aboriginal women's experiences of abuse, but highlights how other social locations may impact the women's coping and healing. It provides a richer understanding of intimate partner violence from the perspectives of culturally diverse women and those who assist them."— Kendra Nixon, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
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