How Domestic Violence Policies can Harm Immigrant Women

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Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s immigrants from ‘backwards’ places that are bringing domestic violence into Canada?” Have you ever found yourself thinking that “If we can just find a way to educate immigrants, then we can help keep women safe from violence?” Ideas like this are rooted in myths about immigrant populations and violence against women: in reality, it’s a lot more complicated. 

There are unique structural and social forces influencing a woman’s experiences of violence. Things like laws, cultural biases and socioeconomic factors can affect a woman’s situation. Moreover, these things can affect different women differently. For example, the high cost of housing in Vancouver may serve as a greater barrier to leaving an abusive partner to a woman making minimum wage as opposed to a woman earning six figures.  

Immigrant women face a lot of unique challenges when experiencing violence because of the way societal forces interact with their unique position. Some of the most impactful forces affecting immigrant women today are Canadian domestic violence and immigration policies. 

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Shop Local, Shop Female Owned

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While the holiday season may be coming to a close, the time between Christmas and New Years is a wonderful time to shop local and get those last-minute gifts (or treats for yourself—you deserve it)! Today we’ll be profiling some of the many amazing female owned businesses in our community, so you can shop until you drop while supporting local women’s entrepreneurship!  

With the COVID-19 situation constantly evolving in British Columbia, we encourage you to check out the website or give the business a call before going in, to learn about how they’re working to keep customers and employees safe. Many businesses featured offer delivery or curbside pickup options, so make sure you take a look at their website to learn more. 

If you are able, shopping small businesses (especially those owned by women) is a great way to support our local economy.  

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Supporting someone experiencing domestic violence

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According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, fewer than one in five women who had been abused by their spouse reported abuse to police. This statistic is jarring: it exposes the secrecy that is often part of violence against women and the amount of bravery required to come forward. Moreover, it highlights the importance of being supportive of those who choose to share their abuse. 

 As a loved one of someone who is experiencing domestic violence, it’s important to remember that it is not your responsibility to save them. Instead, you can be there to provide support and encouragement. 

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