This paper draws on our commissioned investigation into the often unreported incidence of family violence among minority family members in Regina and surrounding areas. It also evaluates access to publicly available institutional preventative and protective services. We therefore purposefully reach beyond the restrictively narrow definition of family violence which typically portrays violence as occurring among close relatives. In its broader definition (Hampton 1993; Wiebe 1995), family violence encompasses other significant contributing factors associated with the arduous and confusing integration processes of immigrants and visible minorities in cities such as the one under reference. Given the prevalence of potentially inhibiting cultural, religious and socio-economic characteristics in the target groups, it is germane to determine if existing agencies are sufficiently cognizant of the need to institute culturally sensitive programs that take into account potential victims’ languages, religious faiths, educational and socio-economic situation. After a review of literature, voluntary and confidential interviews and focus group results will be highlighted. This paper therefore discusses the issues encountered, and makes several recommendations to minimize the causes and consequences of family violence and integration difficulties among the target groups.
|Keywords:||Immigrants and Visible Minorities, Family Violence, Integration, Support Structures|
Chair, Department of French Studies, University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada
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