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February 06, 2011

Assisting Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Communities of Color

In responding to survivors of sexual and domestic violence in communities of color and immigrant communities a different approach from our traditional models is needed. Survivors for the most part don't call the police, don't want protection orders and don't want to go to shelters. If they do decide to go to shelter they want to bring their children with them, including their teenage sons. Some need to bring their extended family. Many programs are not set up to accept teenage boys or extended family members. They often don't call crisis lines or contact advocacy organizations unless these are designed for them - in their language, with an understanding of their culture and welcoming of their spiritual and personal beliefs.

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