Domestic Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: The Role of the Criminal Justice System

Julia L. Perilla, Georgia State University

The role of culture in the area of domestic and sexual violence is increasingly being recognized. It is generally accepted by researchers, service providers, and advocates that the dynamics of violence have both universal and culture-specific elements that can affect profoundly the effectiveness of interventions and programs and thus the safety of women and children. This presentation will explore the role of the criminal justice system as it pertains to the issue of violence in immigrant and refugee communities. Qualitative data gathered throughout more than a decade of work with immigrant populations will be used to illustrate the ways in which the criminal justice system can be an effective partner with these communities in addressing the phenomenon of violence against women.

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