Cultural Responsiveness in Intimate Partner Violence Services

Approaches to providing culturally responsive advocacy and support to families begin by avoiding assumptions and being curious about others. A culturally responsive approach is one that:

  • Acknowledges that people’s values that support or resist intimate partner violence may also be part of a larger culture’s values and accepted practices.
  • Understands that culture is dynamic and that individuals have their own unique experience and understanding of the role of culture in their lives.
  • Recognizes that our own culture and social standing shapes how we see and understand others..
  • Understands that it is not about being an expert in a specific culture, rather it is being open and responsive to the unique role culture plays for individuals and families as defined by each individual and family.
  • Pays attention to the role of power and privilege in each interaction with individuals and families.