Violence against women is a persistent and ongoing problem in Canada and around the world. It affects women's social and economic equality, physical and mental health, well-being and economic security. The effects of domestic violence are well-known, and many steps have been taken to minimize the effects of such violence for the women that fall victim to it. However there seems to be a trend in the various literature on the subject, a trend that seems to leave out one of the most prevalent groups when it comes to violence against women, and that is violence against Aboriginal women. This begs the question, why is it that in the majority of the discussion on violence against women, Aboriginal women are neglected, as they are rarely mentioned in discussions of the issue. In this research proposal, we will look more at depth into this research question, by examining the literature that surrounds this subject, and from this we will attempt to determine what the barriers are for Aboriginal women in the sense.
[...] What we want to determine is, if violence against women is so bad among Aboriginals, and it is, then why is it largely excluded as a point of discussion in literature on the topic? (Lane 7). Literature Review Before discussing any of the particular pieces of literature, it is worth noting the one overarching theme that presents itself in the course of this research, and that is the broad marginalization of Aboriginal people within Canadian society. Where there is literature that does tackle the issue, but leaves out Aboriginals, it is clear that it is due to larger more systematic roots of marginalization with or society. [...]
[...] However, as adept as this article is, is does not solely focus on the issue of violence against women, it touches on many other issues, and it does not provide Canadian content, thus further illustrating the need to do research into the topic of why Aboriginal women are left of the discussion of violence against women. Finally, in all the articles that were perused and studies in preparation if this research proposal, there seemed to be only one article that succinctly and adeptly discussed the issue of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada. [...]
[...] They will be asked to share their knowledge and experiences on the matter, and asked why they think that Aboriginal women are largely absent from the debate and literature on the topic. Ethical Considerations In the course of this research it must be acknowledged that this is not an easy topic to discuss, and for the people who have actually experienced trauma as a result of being a victim of domestic violence, it is especially hard to discuss. This does not make it an ethical issue, but it means that the respondents need to be approached with compassion and understanding for their situation. [...]
[...] For this reason, even though this study did highlight the plight of Aboriginal women with regard to domestic violence, it did not do anything more than publish results of a lengthy study (this is not to say that such an endeavour is not worthwhile because it certainly and it did not give any insight into the topic at hand, which is why Aboriginal women are largely excluded from the discussion on violence against women. In his paper, The Normative Protection of Women from Violence, author Richard B. [...]
[...] Why is it that in order to find information of Aboriginal violence against women, detailed and in-depth research needs to be done? The respondents that will be used in this study will be mostly women, especially those that have been victims of domestic violence in their Aboriginal community. This will be rooted in extensive community consultations, with individuals and community leaders. In addition, it is important for the purposes of this research that we consult with experts and practitioners on the subject, as these people will be able to provide insight that other Aboriginals might not provide. [...]
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