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Domestic Violence: Population-Specific Approaches

In an effort to respond to the diverse experiences of victims and survivors of domestic violence, services must be individualized to meet the unique needs of each population and/or community. The resources included here present a starting point for considering the various issues that impact the lives of victims and survivors in specific populations.

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July 2013
This manual provides information about domestic violence experienced by immigrant women, the multiple cultural, legal and economic factors that prevent battered immigrant women from seeking help, and how advocates can help rebuild social support networks.
Authors: Kathleen Sullivan and Leslye Orloff
June 2013
This brief examines the common barriers that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer survivors face in building economic security, escaping or recovering from victimization, and seeking support and justice.
Authors: Wider Opportunities for Women
Summer 2013
This Q and A provides information for working with Deaf survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including offering practical tips for advocates in building trust and collaboration with the Deaf community.
Authors: New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
June 2013
This paper discusses theory-based explanations of what causes elder abuse and how best to respond to it.
Authors: Shelly L. Jackson and Thomas L. Hafemeister
Summer 2013
HSTS is an early childhood trauma intervention model created by Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, MO. It is designed to support young children as well as, the parents and teachers who love and care about them. HSTS promotes the development of systemic trauma awareness in Head Start communities, teaching resiliency and practical lifelong coping skills.
Authors: Avis Smith
May 2013
Focusing on low-income African American communities, Enhancing Safety considers women’s experiences of domestic violence within the broader context of their lives. It discusses economic needs that are shared by both women and men; provides information on social welfare services for men; and demonstrates that community-based programs that address the needs of low-income men of color can respond to an unmet need for some domestic violence victims.
Authors: Jill Groblewski
May 2013
This research study engaged Latina survivors staying with abusive partners and explored their experiences of staying and factors relevant to their decision to stay.
Authors: R. Lillianne Macias, Alvina Rosales, Alfredo Morales, Josie Serrata and Julia Perilla.
May 2013
This study examines protective orders (POs) taken out by teens as a remedy for dating violence by developing a comprehensive portrait of their use in New York State.
Authors: Andrew Klein, Amy Salomon, Laura Elwyn, Amy Barasch, Jane L. Powers, Mary Maley, James A. Gilmer, Matthew Pirchner, Ian Harris, Jennifer Sarah Tiffany, Deinera Exner-Cortens
April 2013
This report explores police responses to immigrant victims of crime from the perspectives of various service providers, including legal services, pro bono attorneys, social service organizations, domestic violence/sexual assault programs, law enforcement and prosecutors’ offices.
Authors: Natalia Lee, Daniel J. Quinones, Nawal Ammar, and Leslye E. Orloff.
April 2013
Part of the Population Policy Brief Series, this brief examines the common barriers that rural survivors face in building economic security, escaping or recovering from victimization, and seeking support and justice.
Authors: Wider Opportunities for Women