Engaging Cultural Differences: Working with Diverse Victims (Session A)
This breakout session will explore the various socio-cultural elements that produce substantively distinct experiences for victims of domestic and sexual violence. It will examine how and why it is important to understand the context that produces the differential experiences
- how these experiences manifest themselves in the client population in the area of intimate partner violence
- how the experiences of the provider can either exacerbate or alleviate the symptoms for the client
- how the context within a particular facility can structure both the experience of the client as well as the provider.
The current understanding of culture will be used as the springboard for developing an agenda that not only examines the realities of gender based violence in the lives of clients but its connection to the ways in which the provider attempts to screen, intervene, document and refer. Intersectional analysis shifts us away from the dichotomous, binary thinking about structures, power, organization and privilege that have been far too common in the ways we have conceptualized difference and the resulting challenges in working with “different” clients. Intersectionality focuses attention on specific contexts, distinct experiences and the qualitative aspects of equality and discrimination. Without a complex understanding of the social and cultural factors, interventions and programs cannot achieve their full potential.
How we think determines what we do and how we do it. Using intersectional cultural analysis requires that we think differently about identity, equality and power. The focus has to be on points of intersection, complexity, dynamic process, and the structures that define all experiences rather than on defined categories and isolated issue areas.
Following the theoretical formulations of the keynote, the breakout session will use a case fact pattern with step by step guidance in order to assist practitioners untangle the different elements that are part of a person’s response to their experience of gender based violence within the larger societal context of privilege and oppression.
Part of the workshop will also include ways bias and prejudice can be analyzed and ways to counteract the effects of bias on patient provider relationships.