I studied Anthropology at New York University-in probably one of the most ethnically and
culturally diverse cities in the world. I have also spent time volunteering for organizations
dealing with Domestic Violence. Knowing that about me will help you understand why I
spent so much time absorbing everything I could from the resources that will be discussed
here in the following weeks. This blog is the first in a series that will introduce culturally
and ethnically sensitive materials dealing with issues of Domestic Violence.
Ethnomed Domestic Violence Resources
There is a great deal of information available on this site. Fortunately it is organized in a
way that makes it manageable and easy to use. There are three main sections-Domestic
Violence clinical topics, related articles, and related websites.
The DV clinical topics section provides information “to help inform clinicians working with
DV-particularly around issues of culture and/or religion.” Here you can find information in
almost any language. For example “Peace in the Home” helpline which is a multilingual
access project provides links to flyers in almost any language-the handout is titled “Is
someone hurting you?” and is available for download directly from the site.
Other links include the Refugee Woman’s Alliance offering culturally appropriate services
accessing bilingual and bi-cultural DV advocates. Healthy Roads Media offering health
information in many languages and in many different formats. The Peaceful Families
Project-working towards ending DV in Muslim families and facilitating workshops for Muslim
leaders and community members.
The two articles provided cover DV screening for women who are non-English speaking or are
from another culture and an article on the Islamic Response to DV-used with permission from
the Islamic Society of North America. I found this second article particularly informative as it
quotes directly from the Koran and states “any justification of abuse is in opposition to what
Allah has revealed and the example of the Prophet Muhammad.”
Finally in the last portion related websites are offered for further study. They include sites
related to immigrant status and DV, Peaceful Families, and the FaithTrust Initiative project.