LISTENING to COMMUNITIES – A Grassroot Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Migrant Communities

In collaboration with John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre and Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

In 2020-21 the EDI symposium will take the form of a longitudinal series of events. In collaboration with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre and the Office of EDI FoMD, lunchtime talks (noon-1) on racism and anti-racism are being continuously scheduled. This is the fifth presentation in the series.

Featuring: Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika, PhD
Professor and Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies,
Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta

Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Time: 12:00 – 13:00 MST
Meeting ID: 991 3564 2812
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Recent immigrants are highly vulnerable to intimate partner violence because, among other things, they arrive with limited support systems to deal with shifts in gender relations. Research on migrant experiences in Canada is sparse, but available evidence indicates that intimate partner violence tends to be tackled with a western focus of rescue-and-prosecute that remains largely ineffective. This downstream approach to tackling domestic violence points immigrant victims to informal sources of support as the first port of call over police and shelters. Currently, there is limited insight on the role of informal sources of support such as community leaders and religious leaders in the prevention of domestic violence. Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika shares lessons from her research on intimate partner violence, and engagement with community stakeholders and policymakers.

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Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika
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