Implementing a domestic violence intervention program for refugee men in Georgia communities

In 2005, the "Journal of Interpersonal Violence" published a special issue on domestic violence within the immigrant and refugee populations in the United States. Most of the articles focused on and provided in-depth interviews with specific cultural groups where women stressed that their role, as a woman, was to be subservient to their husbands. According to these women, domestic violence was commonplace in their homes. When they were asked for ideas on how to combat domestic violence within their communities, a common recommendation was to educate the men on U.S. law and confront the traditional cultural ideas that women are inferior to men. Working with Asian American Pacific Islanders, the State of Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) plans to implement a domestic violence intervention program that focuses on refugee men who batter their partners, children, or other members of the their family or community. The purpose of this project is: (1) to organize and facilitate 10 community education sessions on family violence for 250 refugees and refugee caseworkers to increase knowledge and awareness of violence, laws, and available resources; (2) to conduct a 24-week family violence intervention program (FVIP) for 80 refugee men who are arrested or at risk of being arrested for family violence; (3) to provide support services to 105 partners and family members of the participants enrolled in the FVIP; and (4) to conduct media outreach, including 15 print releases and 10 PSAs, to increase awareness about domestic violence. DHR anticipates that, upon completion of a series of informative sessions in conjunction with group support and family counseling, the recurrence rate among known offenders of domestic violence within the refugee community will decrease and, in time, significantly reduce the number of incidents in Georgia.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $250,000.00

Awarded on: 11/29/2007

Time frame: 12/15/2007 - 12/14/2010

Grant Number: 62402


State of Georgia Department of Human Resources

2 Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, 30303-3109


Michael B. Singleton
Project Director