34 Intersectional Vulnerabilities

  1. What are some of the factors that continue to make racialized immigrant women vulnerable to violence?
  2. Why is it important to understand the different elements that make up a woman’s history and background when you are supporting them in a domestic violence case?
  3.  How does abuse in the household affect children at different stages of development?
  4. What are the different impacts that experiences of abuse can have on individuals, families and communities?
  5. What are the structural barriers faced by the racialized immigrant woman experiencing domestic violence?
  6. How would you work with the woman to address those barriers and their impact on her personal life?
  7.  What are various institutions and institutional policies (immigration, child welfare, police, justice system) that the woman experiencing domestic violence is confronted with? How did these policies support/ aggravate the vulnerabilities of the woman? As a social worker, what possible pathways would you consider working with the woman and the institutions to negotiate and address concerns arising out of those policies for the woman?
  8.  In the context of the case study discuss how the existing institutions and their policies clash with the cultural context of the woman experiencing violence? As a social worker what would be your stance and how would you work with the woman and the institution(s) to work through the tensions and address the issues?
  9. What role does the presence of children play to either aid or further trap the woman in domestic violence situations? In what ways does the involvement of the Children’s’ Aid Societies support or further complicate matters for the family?
  10.  In a few of the cases, the woman’s family insisted she continues to stay in an abusive relationship. Why do some families insist that their daughters continue to live in abusive domestic relationships? What are the gender expectations and cultural expectations that enforce this kind of structure and positioning?
  11. Preferential treatment to males is common among many cultures as can be seen in these articles
  12. How does such preferential treatment impact domestic violence cases and responses to the same?

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