By Ramona Alaggia PhD, Cathy Vine
Violence in households and intimate relationships impacts an important share of the population—from very children to the aged. even supposing not anyone is resistant to violence, a few teams are relatively susceptible. merciless yet commonplace: Violence in Canadian households is the 1st e-book to supply a countrywide survey of the newest examine and perform, and it displays at the patriarchal roots and societal stipulations in Canada that experience ended in the long-standing abuse of ladies and youngsters. whereas feminist theories offer an overarching framework, a vast diversity of techniques is available to ascertain and reply to serious facets of this severe social challenge. issues contain: systemic oppression of Aboriginal households and groups; violence in a francophone minority context; baby corporal punishment; abuse within the lives of individuals with disabilities; the objectification of older adults; mom blaming; intimate violence in same-sex relationships; and new ways to fixing the matter of violence in Canadian households.
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Although there are not enough to deal with the need, every province and territory has on-reserve and/or offreserve services of some kind. In Ontario, the provincial government and several Aboriginal organizations began the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy in 1990 to address both family violence and health issues. This initiative funds the following services throughout Ontario: • 125 community prevention and health promotion workers in family violence education and prevention programs in 105 communities; • crisis intervention teams in forty-seven remote northern communities which respond to immediate incidents of family violence; • community crisis workers in twenty-six urban communities; • ten healing lodges for treatment of sexual abuse, physical abuse, addictions, and family dysfunction; • ten shelters for women and children in dangerous home situations.
A number of factors are linked to violence in Aboriginal communities including economic and social deprivation, substance abuse, the inter-generational cycle of violence, the breakdown of healthy family life, and the loss of traditional values. It is important to emphasize, however, that all of these factors are the result of colonization and ongoing systemic oppression. It is widely believed by Aboriginal peoples throughout North America that family violence rarely existed prior to the breakdown of traditional societies caused by colonization.
This policy prevents them from getting therapy for their children or for themselves. Over and over again, women stressed the need for services for their children and youth, without having the threat of this information being used against them in a harmful way. (Stewart, Huntley, & Blaney, 2001, p. 51) Another major distinction between a feminist analysis and an Aboriginal one is that Aboriginal male dominance is distinct from non-Aboriginal patterns of dominance for two reasons—Aboriginal males do not have access to equitable opportunities and positions in Canadian society and they have been denied meaningful roles within their own communities (Dickson, 1989).