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Author Agnew, Vijay, 1946- author

Title In Search of a Safe Place : Abused Women and Culturally Sensitive Services / Vijay Agnew
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2016]
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Immigrant Communities in Canada -- 2. Wife Abuse -- 3. Settlement Services and Community-based Organizations -- 4. Social Services and Advocacy by Community-based Groups -- 5. Counsellors and Their Work -- 6. Interviews with Counsellors -- 7. Counsellors and Women in Shelters -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index
Summary Marginalized in the larger society and the mainstream women's movement, immigrant women are also outsiders in women's shelters, where racially sensitive and linguistically appropriate counselling is generally unavailable. In this book, Vijay Agnew documents the struggles of Canadian women's centres to provide better services to victims of wife abuse from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.The study looks at every aspect of community-based women's organizations, including their funding, operation, and services. The result is a detailed picture of the problems and challenges they encounter on a daily basis. Agnew uses case studies, reports, and interviews to document the work of these groups and to show how race, class, and gender intersect in the everyday lives of the women who depend on them. Although the women's movement initiated public discussion of wife abuse, the fight against abuse is now conducted primarily by the state through its allocation of resources. Agnew underscores the tension that often arises between the patriarchal state and feminist-inspired organizations, and the resulting difficulties in bringing about social change
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed Jan. 06, 2016)
Subject Abused women -- Services for -- Canada.
Minority women -- Canada.
Genre/Form Dictionaries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442676051