Transitional Housing for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence: A 2014-15 Snapshot. Chapter 7, Subpopulations and Cultural/Linguistic Competence.
Published: December 30, 2016
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Sponsoring Organization: United States. Department of Justice. Office on Violence against Women.
This report begins by explaining the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is committed in its Transitional Housing Assistance Grant program to ensuring that grant-funded housing and services are available to survivors from the full diversity of subpopulations, and are offered in a culturally and linguistically competent manner. It then examines the nature of the different subpopulations who need that assistance, what it means to provide such assistance in a culturally and linguistically competent manner, and the experience, the challenges, and the approaches of transitional housing (TH) providers in serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence who reflect the full diversity of the United States. Following an introduction, Section 2 describes the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards, which were developed by the Office of Minority Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The discussion about the CLAS Standards is followed by providers' comments describing their challenges and approaches to offering culturally and linguistically competent services. Section 3 provides extensive annotated listings of resources that may be useful to providers serving African American survivors, Latina/Hispanic survivors, Asian American and Pacific Island survivors, Native American/Alaska Native survivors, and immigrant survivors, and includes provider comments about their approaches to serving racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse survivors. Section 4 focuses on needs and services related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) survivors, and Section 5 addresses the challenges and approaches attendant to serving young adults, older adults, male victims, and families with older children. Sections 6 and 7 address the challenges and approaches pertaining to serving ex-offenders and in serving Deaf survivors. The final section addresses the challenges and approaches in serving survivors with disabling conditions and includes an annotated listing of relevant online resources that support compliance by mainstream housing and service providers. Numerous references.
sexual assault; HOUSING; HOMELESS SHELTERS; HOMELESSNESS; REFUGEES; IMMIGRANTS; communication; SPOUSE ABUSE; CULTURAL COMPETENCY; CULTURAL SENSITIVITY; VIOLENCE; SEX OFFENSES; POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER; INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION; SERVICE INTEGRATION; WOMAN ABUSE