Uncovering the gap: A study of organizations’ perspectives of and responses to violence against immigrant women in Worcester, Massachusetts

Title: Uncovering the gap: A study of organizations’ perspectives of and responses to violence against immigrant women in Worcester, Massachusetts

Author: Byrne, Sarah E.

Date: May 2008

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

The paper explores the perceptions of and responses to violence against immigrant women by anti-violence and immigrant organizations in Worcester, Massachusetts. The author conducted interviews with leaders of these organizations in order to identify the gaps in extending services to immigrant women by examining the structural violence deeply embedded in their organizations.  The author concludes that organizations can begin to bridge the gap between their perceptions and responses by increasing cultural sensitivity, building partnerships between themselves and immigrant communities and critically assessing the structural violence within their own organizations.

Keywords: women, immigrants, violence against women, immigrant women

Cataloged by: Peter Nelson/ B. J. Perkins

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