A Collectivist Perspective For Addressing Family Violence In Minority Newcomer Communities In North America: Culturally Integrative Family Safety Responses.
Published: June 2019
Journal of Family Theory and Review
Vol. 11, No. 2 , p.
John Wiley & Sons
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Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
This article presents a review and critique of current family violence services in North America with a view to understanding how these reflect primarily individualist assumptions linked to dominant social norms. Many minority‐status ethno‐cultural communities in North America share more collectivist traditions. With a particular focus on recently arrived immigrant and refugee Arab families in Canada, we explore the implications of a collectivist orientation for goodness‐of‐fit between available services and family experiences and needs related to family violence. Drawing on collectivist perspectives, with attention to intersectionality and ecosystems, we propose a culturally integrative practice model and provide a case example. (Author abstract)
family violence; minority groups; children of immigrants; cultural competency; child welfare services; child safety