This unique collection provides social work students and practitioners with critical analysis and practical guidance for working with abused women who are marginalized because of immigrant, refugee, or Aboriginal status. Out of the Shadows presents the work of Canadian academic researchers and frontline workers who demonstrate the increased risk faced by these women when they are victims of domestic violence, due to the racism inherent in our judicial and social systems. Our communities have neither fully faced nor met the challenges presented by this serious problem. Readers will be provoked to reflect on, and re-evaluate, the theoretical and political framework inherent in our service delivery systems and will be intrigued and delighted by accounts of culturally diverse women's groups and individuals who have transformed themselves from victims to victors.
"A masterful framework within which our lives as racialized women matter! Through an enriched definition of violence which highlights the intersectional nature of our experiences and includes structural and institutional abuse, Aboriginal, ethnic and immigrant women finally become central figures who have agency over their lives. Out of the Shadows is a superb collection which strikes the right balance between theoretical understanding, practical approaches and the experience of violence against Aboriginal, ethnic, and immigrant women." - Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women's Health in Women's Hands; Editor, Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought
"The book not only details the accounts of immigrant, refugee, and Aboriginal women's experiences of abuse, but highlights how other social locations may impact the women's coping and healing. It provides a richer understanding of intimate partner violence from the perspectives of culturall diverse women and those who assist them." - Kendra Nixon, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
About Josephine Fong
Josephine Fong, PhD, is a Faculty Advisor and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Tyndale University College. In addition to teaching, she is a mental health professional, freelance research consultant, emotion management trainer, and community activist. Her activism and research interests are focused on the prevention of assaults upon women, mental health promotion, ethnic minority communities, and the empowerment of women's agency.