Domestic violence affects people regardless of race, ethnicity, class, sexual and gender identity, religious affiliation, age, immigration status, and ability. Because victims of domestic violence may experience the abuse in culturally specific ways, service providers should consider the cultural background and the unique issues faced by the victim and their children in order to tailor services to meet their needs. This section includes resources on providing culturally competent services to children, youth, and families who have been exposed to domestic violence. Resources include State and Local examples.
Cultural Competence Content Topic Results
Provides a collection of articles detailing the prevalence and manifestation of domestic violence among different cultural groups.
Guides service providers in determining if their question and resources are culturally appropriate for individuals experiencing domestic violence.
Culturally Competent Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment: Adapting the Danger Assessment for Immigrant Women
Messing, Amanor-Boadu, Cavanaugh, Glass, & Campbell (2013)
Social Work Research, 37(3)
Shares a risk assessment instrument designed to identify potential victims of intimate partner violence that has been adapted to more effectively assess risk in immigrant communities.
Women From Diverse Cultures
Gierman & Liska (2013)
Canadian Network of Women's Shelters & Transition Houses
Outlines elements of staff education for responding to women’s unique circumstances and needs.
Working With LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Abuse [Video]
LAAC Trainings (2017)
Discuses relevant cultural and legal considerations for caseworkers serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning survivors of domestic violence.
Strengthening Cultural Competency in California’s Domestic Violence Field for High-Need, Underserved Populations (PDF - 875 KB)
Lewis-Charp, Yu, Waiters, Thakrar, & Sinicrope (2014)
Blue Shield of California Foundation & Social Policy Research Associates
Outlines the intersection of domestic violence organizations and culturally specific organizations in order to increase collaboration and service delivery among these two groups.