Violence towards Aboriginal People: Consulting with Aboriginal Community Members to Develop Culturally Safe Victim Service
Haldane, Marie Janet
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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Aboriginal people when they accessed victim services in order to determine if the services were culturally safe for them. Several themes emerged which included: discrimination by the police stops Aboriginal people from using the services which are available to them; historical trauma continues to negatively affect Aboriginal people; there is a lack of understanding about Aboriginal history and the legacy of colonization. Study participants suggested ways services could be changed to better meet their cultural needs: services need to have a cultural focus; there needs to be more Aboriginal service providers. Aboriginal people are more likely than other Canadians to experience violence and victimization. In order to support them it is essential that they have access to culturally safe services. Using cultural safety as a framework for program development gives us the tools to provide culturally safe service.