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Diversity & Underserved Victims

The racial and ethnic diversity of the United States has changed considerably in the last few decades. An increasing proportion of Latino, Asian, and African-Americans have integrated with the European-American population. With this transition, victim assistance professionals are faced with new challenges. Recognizing and respecting individual cultural differences are important to sensitive and effective work with victims. In addition, differences in concepts of suffering and healing can influence how a victim may experience the effects of victimization and the process of recovery.

The term "culture" can be reasonably applied to various demographic categories. For example, cultures or subcultures can reflect differences by age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and geographic region. Each of these groups has its particular self-identity and lifestyle and employs particular ways of viewing and meeting the traumas and triumphs of life. For this discussion, however, "culture" represents race and ethnicity. It is this diversity that both enriches and obstructs much of our involvement and interaction with others.

Learning objectives include:

  • The vast array of cultural differences among the people of the United States.
  • Basic principles of culturally-proficient and culturally-sensitive interaction with crime victims.
  • Specific practices and considerations that will help victim assistance professionals provide appropriate services to crime victims of various cultures.
  • Recognize the population diversity of South Carolina.
  • Understand the fundamentals for working with interpreters for temporary protection orders.
  • Recognize the specific organizations available in South Carolina to provide technical assistance with diverse and underserved populations.
  • Understand important aspects of Federal policies on Limited English Proficiency (Title VI), creative protective orders with provisions for immigrant women and Annex A for Bond Orders.