Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, is reaching epidemic proportions and affects people regardless of race, ethnicity, class, sexual and gender identity, religious affiliation, age, immigration status, and ability. Since researchers found higher rates of partner violence in ethnic minority groups, there is a great need to understand the nuances of diverse cultures as they relate to domestic violence.
With the great variation that exists within ethnic communities, service providers need to consider the cultural background and the unique issues faced by the victim and his/her children, in order to tailor services to meet their needs.
Utilize the intersectionality theory to examine the impact of domestic violence and its trauma within various ethnic communities.
This course employs a participatory action learning process, including classroom participation, real-life applications, storytelling and dialoguing, cultural guest speakers, and action research projects.