Encircling our practice shift to enhance our services for kids is a broad request from families to be more culturally relevant in our responses. DV Programs are being challenged to consider the unique needs of families as they ask us for family and culturally specific responses. As we come across diverse opinions, it becomes important for us to understand how and in what ways culture shapes individuals, families and communities and how they in turn shape culture.
Therefore, if our goal is to ensure that victims are able to make the best decisions for the best outcomes in their attempts to live violence free lives it is important to understand how culture shapes:
- An individual’s experience of violence and the effects on children and youth
- Whether perpetrators accept responsibility
- Whether services are equally accessible to all
- Our own responses within the culture of the systems and organizations in which we work
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