Violence Against Immigrant and Visible Minority Women in New Brunswick (1993 - 1998)


The team's research objectives were

  • to develop a research methodology in the area of family violence within diverse cultural groups.
  • to develop an understanding of negotiations and solutions to family violence from the perspective of immigrant women in New Brunswick.
  • to develop practical strategies to address issues of family violence in these communities.

The team has held extensive consultations with immigrant women from across New Brunswick and with service providers ranging from health care workers and social workers to immigrant personnel.  Based on the input from these groups, the research questions have been formulated and the research team was very active in 1995 in attempting to acquire research monies.  The team also developed policy concerning the ethical issues of collecting data, ownership of the data, authorship of publications, etc.

In 1996, the team conducted workshops to inform, sensitize and heighten awareness in the multicultural community about the issue of family violence in the Canadian context.  Through the workshops the team reached approximately 120 immigrant women.  Workshops (including the pilot project ) were conducted in six different locations in New Brunswick.  

In November 1996, the team received funding from the Status of Women Canada`s Independent Policy Research Fund to examine to examine access to the New Brunswick justice system for abused immigrant women.

On Wednesday, May 5, 1999 at the UNB Wu Centre a one day long interactive workshop was held for service providers.  The purpose of the workshop was to disseminate the results of studies undertaken by the team and/or by individual team members.