"With regard to stereotyping, Uma Narayan (1997) describes how in the U.S., when women in India or Pakistan die “by fire” in dowry deaths (a man or his family kills the woman because they are dissatisfied with her dowry to the paternal family line with whom she often lives), many people in the United States call this barbaric, horrendous, and due to the “backwardness” of the South Asian culture. However, when women in the U.S. are killed by guns (at the same rate as dowry deaths in India), this is rarely, if ever, said to be due to the culture; rather it is usually blamed on the individual man’s unstable personality at best and patriarchy at worst. But the American culture is not said to be “backward” or to blame for her death."
"With regard to a culture’s protective factors, for example, Kantor et al. (1994) has found that Mexican men born in Mexico but living in the U.S. are less likely to be violent against their wives than U.S.- born Mexican American men; and the longer the men are in the U.S., the more violent they are toward their wives. Thus, contrary to the myth that Latino/a culture is more patriarchal—and thus, supposedly more dangerous, for its women—the intact nature of the Mexican experience, not diluted as much by U.S. influence, seems to act as a protective factor against battering."
"One of the major issues for battered women from marginalized communities is that outside help is feared because there is so much individual and institutional discrimination against her from “outsiders”—police, courts, doctors, domestic violence agencies, etc.—in mainstream communities. So while it may be true that she will face violence in her family or community, it is just as true that if she goes outside her community, she will face another set of hostilities. "
"The discrimination in the criminal justice system in the U.S. is deep and profound: as many as one-third of all young African American men are in prison, jail, on probation or parole in the U.S. (Sokoloff, 2003). In some cities, like Baltimore and Washington D.C. , it is over half! Black women who are battered often do not feel the police and the criminal justice system will solve their problems; rather they may just intensify them. In short, the advice to either “leave” the situation or to “call the police” may actually harm rather than help certain groups of battered women."
Domestic Violence at the Crossroads: Violence Against Poor Women and Women of Color by Natalie J. Sokoloff (via arari)