A Context of Domestic Violence: Learnings from the Calgary Filipino Community

Summary

There is a lack of interpretive research in the domestic violence literature and, in particular, within an ethnocultural context. Interviews were held with four Filipina women in Calgary, Alberta who had previously been in violent relationships, in combination with a referral group of male key informants with leadership and knowledge of community issues related to domestic violence and the Filipino community. By adopting a phenomenological approach to the research, it was hoped that new understandings of what is identified in clinical paradigms as the “risk” and “protective” factors associated with domestic violence would be unearthed.