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PATHS and our partners recently conducted research with Newcomer women and service providers in three prairie provinces (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta) to consider the impact of and unique circumstances surrounding intimate partner violence on the lives of Newcomer women and their children. This project was funded by the Prairieaction Foundation.
This tri-provincial qualitative research project included individual interviews with Newcomer women who had experienced intimate partner violence as well as service providers who work with and support Newcomer victims/survivors. Data were collected in six cities in three provinces: Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, Saskatoon and Regina in Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba.
In total, 33 Newcomer women were interviewed. These women came from 27 different countries and spoke more than 20 different languages and dialects. The study included women who arrived in Canada as refugees and as immigrants, through a variety of different programs.
Sixty-two service providers participated in focus groups. Participants included settlement workers, domestic violence shelter/service workers, social workers, counselors, support workers, administrators, and managers/directors.
Read the research report here.