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Domestic Violence Shelters and Minorities: An Assessment of Minority Victims’ Needs and the Extent of Minority Involvement as Shelter Staff  

Author:  Douglas L.  Yearwood, M.S..

Source: Volume 07, Number 06, August/September 2002 , pp.81-84(4)

Domestic Violence Report

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Earlier this year staff of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) approached staff of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center, of the Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC), about the possibility of conducting a joint research study regarding the presence of minorities in domestic violence shelters as both victims and shelter staff. The Analysis Center had previously studied minority related criminal justice issues such as disproportionate minority confinement in the juvenile justice system, and crime and victimization patterns within both the American Indian and Hispanic/Latino communities in North Carolina. Staff of both organizations discussed the issue at length and agreed that a research study would be beneficial and that its results might be a strong catalyst for developing future programs and for shaping policy and legislation in a positive manner in order to better assist minorities who seek the services of domestic violence shelters. The article contains a chart, “Racial and Ethnic Composition of State, Shelter Clients, and Shelter Staff” and includes recommendations.

Keywords: domestic violence shelter staff

Affiliations:  1: North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center.

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