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Cultural awareness is a critical dimension of responding to domestic violence and sexual assault. Culture refers to a “shared set of beliefs, norms, and values” that are dynamic (changing) and may be related to the thousands of social groupings in existence, including age, gender, ethnicity, profession, geographic location, and socio-economic status. Not only is an understanding of culture necessary for procedural justice, culture is also part of contextualizing domestic violence and sexual assault, guarding against implicit bias, and framing a court’s response in the most effective manner.



  • Opens in new windowCulturally-Based Abusive Partner Intervention in Native American Communities

    Abusive partner intervention programs for people who harm their intimate partners take a variety of forms. These programs may share a set of guiding principles and serve as one piece within a wider coordinated community response to addressing intimate partner violence. In Native American communities, it is important that programs integrate cultural values and norms as a way to meaningfully engage people who have caused harm in a process of change. This document frames abusive partner intervention programs within a coordinated community response, offers general guiding principles, and provides examples of how Native American programs can incorporate traditional and cultural elements into their programming.

  • Opens in new windowYouth Culture in Red Hook, Brooklyn: Using Ethnographic Research to Enhance Youth Program Planning

    A study that explores the advantages of employing ethnographic research as a central strategy of youth program development.

  • Opens in new windowCultural Responsiveness and the Courts

    For a justice system to be truly just, it must be accessible to all individuals. However, litigants may face challenges when courts are not responsive to their cultural identity. For survivors of domestic violence, these challenges present additional barriers towards accessing justice and obtaining fair outcomes. This viewers' guide serves as a companion to the short video, Building a Culture of Justice, which explains how justice-system staff and stakeholders can serve litigant needs by implementing culturally responsive practices in courts handling domestic violence cases. 

  • Opens in new windowThe Lens of Implicit Bias

    Written by NCJFCJ's former Juvenile Law Chief Program Officer, Dr. Shawn Marsh. This short article elaborates on how humans perceive their reality through a lens of implicit bias, which operates below the conscious level.

  • Opens in new windowWorking With Interpreters in the Courtroom: A Benchcard for Judges

    This benchcard was designed by the New York State Unified Court System and is an excellent bench resource for judges who frequently work with interpreters.

  • Opens in new windowCultural Responsiveness in the Courts

    The Institute for Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) created and designed this PowerPoint presentation in 2013 which contains real life statements of survivors who appeared in front of domestic violence judges and their perception of cultural responsiveness.