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November 18, 2011

"This is a man's problem"

JIBC study examines strategies to break the cycle of intimate partner violence in the South Asian community

No one excuses them. Their choice to perpetrate violence results in significant physical, emotional, and psychological harm not only to their wives, but also to their children, extended family, and their communities. 

That’s the perspective of 17 front-line practitioners who shared more than 200 years of collective direct experience working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence, in a research report co-authored by Gary Thandi and Bethan Lloyd, titled: “This is a man’s problem": Strategies for working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence”.  The report will be released by JIBC’s Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence on November 21, 2011. 

“There is very little research concerning intimate partner violence grounded in the experience of Punjabi Sikh and other South Asian men who are first generation Canadian immigrants,” says Gary Thandi, lead researcher on the report and a sessional researcher in JIBC’s Office of Applied Research. “As a consequence, education and training programs for frontline practitioners – police officers, probation officers, social workers, counsellors, and psychologists – do not include the information they need when working with these communities.”

To help bridge this gap, Thandi created a composite case study – “The Singh Family” – based on this research. Perhaps most important, he uses the literature and the research to outline what counsellors – and other frontline practitioners – require to deliver effective, culturally appropriate services to those, like the Singh family, who come to their offices and programs.

“We are dedicated to promoting social change and social justice that helps keep our communities safe through applied research with first responders, practitioners, policy makers, stakeholders, and service users,” says Greg Anderson, JIBC’s Dean, Applied Research. “The recommendations put forward in this report focus on very concrete actions that will help perpetrators, the community, and frontline practitioners to break the cycle of intimate partner violence”

About CPRV

The Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence (CPRV) at JIBC, funded by the R. Howard Webster Foundation and the BC Institute Against Family Violence, supports an applied research program that builds on the experience of frontline practitioners, with a focus on dynamic knowledge creation, translation, and exchange – turning theory into practice and practice into theory. CPRV’s goal is to make a substantive contribution to the prevention and reduction of violence, supporting those who are called to respond to the suffering of those caught in the causes and consequences of violence.

Read a feature story on Gary’s Thandi’s applied research in South Asian communities

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