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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.