Responding to the needs of culturally diverse women who experience intimate partner violence.

Lois Magnussen, Jan Shoultz, Karol Richardson, Mary Frances Oneha, Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Doris Segal Matsunaga, Selynda Mori Selifis, Merina Sapolu, Mariama Samifua, Helena Manzano, Cindy Spencer, Cristina Arias

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This paper presents the findings from a community based participatory research (CBPR) study that investigated the interface between culture and intimate partner violence (IPV) for women in selected cultural groups in Hawaii: Native Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan, and Chuukese. The research question was, "What are the cultural perceptions, responses, and needs regarding IPV of selected individuals and groups served through a variety of programs that are affiliated with the three participating Community Health Centers (CHCs)?" This cross sectional, descriptive study collected both qualitative and quantitative data. Individual interviews were conducted with women who had experienced IPV. Focus groups were also conducted with other women from the same culture. Five common themes were identified across the four cultural groups: Living within a Collective; Cultural Protective Factors; Cultural Barriers to Helpseeking; Gender Specific Roles; and Belonging to a Place. The outcome from this study is increased knowledge that will be used to develop culturally appropriate interventions. Specific findings from each cultural group have been published. The purpose of this paper is to present common perceptions and responses to IPV from the four groups and suggest interventions based on the findings. Implications for practice are presented. Hawaii Medical Journal

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalHawaii Medical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

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