Home > Initiatives > Current Initiatives > Cultural Competence & Domestic Violence

Cultural Competence &
Domestic Violence

Cultural Competence & Domestic Violence Since its inception in 1993, IDVAAC has worked to increase understanding concerning domestic violence and cultural relevance among domestic violence advocates, researchers, policymakers, and other supporting systems. We have also worked to increase organizations' and communities' capacities to provide domestic violence services that are relevant to the experiences of the culturally diverse individuals they serve. Although we have emphasized the needs of African Americans, we have also collaborated with other cultural groups, including First Nation's people, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian and South Asian populations in order to identify their particular challenges and promote their voices in devising solutions to domestic violence. We have learned that in order to effectively respond to violence and abuse in any population, we must do away with the "one-size-fits-all" approach and address the needs of individuals through a culturally responsive lens. This involves taking into consideration how cultural communities and groups define help and the social and cultural context in which they experience violence. Through this initiative, IDVAAC seeks to improve outcomes of consumers of services and equip service providers with knowledge, tools, and skills needed to enhance the cultural relevance of their services.





Cultural Competence, African Americans and Domestic Violence

Presenters: Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW and Oliver J. Williams, PhD

This Web cast will provide an overview of cultural and societal influences that impact disparities related to domestic violence in the African American community and resulting implications for policy and practice for domestic violence providers, child welfare workers, and social service professionals.

Oroginal Airing: September 12, 2006

Click here to view in replay mode