Meeting the Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Victims of Intimate Partner Violence, by Providing Comprehensive, Confidential and Holistic Services

Identifying and highlighting innovative program models for addressing intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities

The Family Violence Prevention Fund conducted a literature review and key informant interviews to identify and highlight program models for addressing intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities.

Key Results: Project staff produced two reports:

  • Literature on Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Review and Recommendations summarizes more than 500 relevant studies.
  • Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices and Recommendations provides specific recommendations for funders, service providers and advocates.

Key Findings: As reported in the literature review and recommendations report:

  • Intimate partner violence is probably less prevalent among immigrant and refugee populations than among other groups but where it occurs, it may be more difficult for victims to obtain help.
  • Cultural values and practices are a significant influence on various aspects of intimate partner violence.

Key Recommendations:

  • Comprehensive, confidential and holistic services are necessary to meet both the acute and ongoing needs of immigrant and refugee victims of intimate partner violence.
  • Funders should support programs that build trust between victims and service providers.
  • Funders should support leadership development programs to engage victims who wish to apply new skills to assist others.